07-31-04
Motorcycle Accident
Wallace Springs Rd

This has been a strange month as to the number of motorcycle accidents.  Today's accident occurred when the lady driving the green Ford tried to avoid hitting a cat by slamming on the brakes.  The motorcycle hit the rear of the car, causing the rider to lose control.  The patient had a compound fracture of the lower left leg.  The paramedics did a great job of immobilizing the injury and getting the patient ready for transport.  This series of pictures shows the process of packaging the patient.  Some of the strangeness is that there was a crime scene set up at the accident scene for a suicide that had occurred earlier in the day.  

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Scene as paramedics arrive on the scene to assess patient.

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Checking the patient out for other injuries other than obvious fractured leg.

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Steve Wooten getting information and putting on tape on his leg.

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Joe Weiland determines what equipment will be needed and gets fire personnel to assist.

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Compound fracture site is not bleeding, but has bone protruding slightly.

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Steve starts an IV to get fluids started and allow a shot of morphine for pain management.

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The site is accessed and getting ready for fluids to start.

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Getting the wound stabilized for long splint boards to be applied.

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Aligning the boards so wound is not blocked or further injury caused.

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While Steve holds leg, Joe gets the Ace Bandage wrapped.

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The triangle bandage is tightened to secure the lower part of the leg.

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Joe starts working on secure the upper end of the splint.

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The tying of the knot just about completes the splinting.

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The leg is immobilized .

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The patient is rolled and placed on a backboard in spinal protocol.

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Joe is maintaining traction on the head while others secure the spider starps.

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The spider straps are put on to secure the patient to the back board.

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Each strap of the spider strap goes through holes in the back board and are velcro.

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The patient is loaded onto the stretchers and getting prepared for transport.

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The patient is put gently on the stretcher.

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They head for the ambulance for the trip to the hospital.

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Getting the stretcher in the ambulance, which hospital is confirmed.

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Impact point on the motorcycle where it hit the car.

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The motorcycle was not too heavily damaged, but it will be a while before the rider is back on it.

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