Protecting ourselves from head injuries is a no brainer
EMS News in Focus
by Art Hsieh
If you work in a system like mine, you probably were issued a helmet for use during extrication or other “hazardous” incidents. That’s great and all, but if in all honesty, would you wear it in the most hazardous situation at all, inside a moving ambulance?
Before you break out a smirk, consider this — in this past year many, if not most, EMS providers killed in the line of duty die during an ambulance crash. I don’t have any specifics, but the same laws of physics that relate to civilian vehicle crashes, applies to EMS vehicles as well.
It’s probably even more so, with our top-heavy trucks and their propensity of flipping over. With the likelihood that the provider riding in the patient compartment not being restrained, the chances of a lethal head injury are not surprisingly, pretty good. So why not wear a helmet? More