This year the FOGBEES have had an unusual high number of injuries, including three serious head injuries. David Miley's accident this last Friday was the worst. He ended up at Skyline in intensive case. Fortunately, he is expected to come home this Monday and fully recover, but will be off his bicycle and unable to drive for at least six months.
Because head injuries are potentially life threatening, we asked a para- medic what we should do when a bicyclist suffer such an injury. His answer was call 911 immediately if any of the following occur:
- loss of consciousness at the time of the injury
- short-term memory loss (keeps repeating questions)
He added transporting him/her to a hospital instead of calling 911 immediately may seem like a good idea, but unless you have a trained medical technician with you and are in contact with the hospital, you are wasting valuable time.