Cycling and First Aid
The snow is melting, the days are getting warmer, the sun is staying up longer. A busy ride season is just around the corner.
At our Zoom member meeting on February 24, our guest speaker, Earl Ostrander, presented us with a review of First Aid. Covered situations included head injury, bleeding, sprain and fracture, heat exhaustion and stroke, loss of tooth, frostbite, and when to call the ambulance. If you were unable to attend, it might be a good time to review this matter in any way you can on your own.
A simple action we request you to make, in particular our Ride Leaders..... put together a "Crash Pack". This would be a small stock of supples you could carry in either a back pocket or bar bag. A pre-packaged kit was given to some Ride Leaders a few years ago as a recognition gift. It might be time to refresh the supplies inside. You may assemble your own pack using a zip-lock baggie. Here are some items to include:
- latex-free gloves
- assorted bandages
- antiseptic wipes and/or iodine pads
- adhesive tape
- extra zip bag for used supplies
- individually packaged ibuprofen
This list of items is a good idea for any rider to have on hand.
Kathy Crampton, LWA VP Touring