Head Protection: Simple and Effective

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



About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for EMS1.com, on AmbulanceWorld.com and Multibriefs.com. I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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One Response to Head Protection: Simple and Effective

  1. The blog is an eye opener to an unobserved fact that helmets are important even while one is in an ambulance. The laws of science does not change for larger vehicles. Many ambulance crash news have been reported in the past few years. I myself being an ambulance driver have hired Smartshieldz safety gear helmet and wear it always during my duty hours. Thanks for this heaven sent blog.

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