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Old 05-30-2012, 10:28 AM   #1
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How to safely remove a helmet after a crash

Sorry if this is 205 thought it was good info...

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Old 05-30-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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Unless your an EMT/Trained ER person I would leave the helmet on and let the pros remove it. Comfort and compression for bleeding are one thing but I'd hate to make a neck/head/spine injury worse.

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Old 05-30-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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I have been trained in helmet removal by the North West Ambulance service, even as a longtime helmet wearer it is surprisingly difficult to do, it goes some way to redeem my choice of a flip front job.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:10 AM   #4
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I had an old Shoei that was designed for just such an instance. It had a top part made of fiberglass and the bottom ring was some sort of DuPont plastic..there was a rubber gasket thing that held it all together to make a full face helmet.

I think the idea was that an EMT could pull out the rubber ring and remove the top three quarters of the helmet without pulling on the neck, then simply cut off the plastic bottom part.

Never put it to the test, and it was retired years ago. But kind of a neat idea, if that really was the reasoning behind it.

Edit: Pretty sure it was a Shoei TF280
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:15 AM   #5
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Unless your an EMT/Trained ER person I would leave the helmet on and let the pros remove it. Comfort and compression for bleeding are one thing but I'd hate to make a neck/head/spine injury worse.

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Old 05-30-2012, 11:20 AM   #6
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i would never take off a persons helmet who has been in a crash an less they stop breathing and you need to give them month to month. because if you dont slid off the helmet right you can do more harm than good.

i was told that on the last 1st aid cource i did
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:21 AM   #7
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Unless your an EMT/Trained ER person I would leave the helmet on and let the pros remove it. Comfort and compression for bleeding are one thing but I'd hate to make a neck/head/spine injury worse.

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Did you watch the video??...that's the first thing he says...however if there is issue breathing sever bleeding etc...then its a good idea to know how to do it correctly
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:30 AM   #8
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I cornerwork at the track and we are told to NEVER remove the riders helmet, but there is always an EMT on site.

Once I was even told "if a rider goes down and takes off his helmet do whatever you can to make him put his helmet back on, throw rocks, yell whatever"
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Both parties are right. DO NOT remove the helmet....unless you really have to...And then its a good idea to watch this video....But that would be the last thing I would do.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:57 PM   #10
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True story:

Once in Spain, I was on a bus. We stopped because there was a bike crash in front of the bus. The first person at the scene ran to the rider, unhooked the helmet strap, and pulled the helmet off. As soon as the helmet came off the head, the skull separated, almost right in the middle.

I don't know what kind of speed and impact were involved, but it was pretty nasty to look at. The EMT arrived a few seconds too late I guess, because they shut the siren off as soon as they checked the rider out.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:50 AM   #11
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Interesting system
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:54 AM   #12
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Interesting system
Very cool idea and it looks like its easily installed in any helmet....I'd buy one.
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My ambulance service is in the middle of the Black Hills, and we were talking about putting these on the ambulances since we have so many motorcycle related runs, especially during Sturgis rally week.

but Harley riders dont wear helmets, so we bought scoop shovels.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:54 AM   #14
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Great video!

It's clearly stated that removing the helmet is a last resort... but if it becomes necessary, it's good to at least have some idea of how to do it properly.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:38 AM   #15
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I have stickers on my helmet that say not to remove helmet unless you are a doctor, etc. It's an Arai XD and the padding can be taken out while the helmet is on my head so it can then be removed safely.
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