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London Ambulance Service Launch Crash Card At The Ace

By: | Published 11 January 2011, 12:12 | Views: 2,144 | tags: nhs, deptartment, health, crash card, emergency, services, first, scene, medical, ace, cafe, london
Date: Monday 17 January 2011

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Ace Cafe London, Ace Corner, North Circular Road, Stonebridge, NW10 7UD

An exciting initiative to help motorcyclists involved in an accident get the aid they need as quickly as possible is being launched on Monday (17 January). With support from London Ambulance Service and the Ambulance Motorcycle Club the card - the first of its kind anywhere when first introduced in the UK in 2009 - will be launched at Ace Cafe London on the North Circular.

Members of the media are invited to the official launch to meet experienced paramedics and bike riders about the card, which could save a motorcyclist's life.

Motorcycle Response Coordinator Shaun Rock said:

“By using the CRASH card, motorcyclists are giving themselves the best chance of getting the help they need as quickly as possible if they are involved in an accident. Our staff have the skills and training to begin treating a complex range of injuries straight away, and the information contained on the CRASH card can only lead to better care for patients. We encourage every biker to get one.”

Chairman of the Ambulance Motorcycle Club Ian Burrell

“This card is borne out of experience - it has been designed by serving paramedics who have been on both sides of an accident as the injured rider or attending as medical help. If a biker is injured and unable to talk coherently because of concussion or having been knocked out, how does the ambulance crew find out who the patient is, what medication they take, or medical history? What information does the 999 call centre need?

“The card enjoyed a very successful pilot in Essex last May, and for the past 18 months has gained national and international interest as more and more bikers and public bodies get on board this simple but effective approach to casualty reduction."

Designed to be an aid to both the person making the 999 call and the crew who attend, one side of the card carries the mnemonic CRASH for helpful hints which will assist the 999 call taker if a rider has come off but is not seriously injured, and is using the card as a prompt.

The other side of the card gives riders space to write their name, date of birth and medication, so when an ambulance crew arrives at the scene of an accident they will identify an unconscious or seriously ill rider has a card in their helmet by a small green dot placed at the side of the visor on their helmet.

Only experienced emergency personnel should ever remove a helmet following an accident.

Information from the Dept of Health can be found here


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Kaeben | 11 January 2011, 14:34
I have heard that if you place a sticker on your helmet with your blood type paramedics will always ignore it in case you have borrowed someone else's helmet, without a photo ID crash card would this not cause the same issue?

AMC Chairman | 11 January 2011, 15:02
The Information on the CRASH Card is completed by the rider, so unlike a sticker which is attached to a helmet the card can be removed and put into whichever helmet your using at the time. The letter (which comes with every CRASH card) has a peel off green dot, which should be stuck to the right hand side of the helmet/visor. The dot helps to alert the responding ambulance clinician to the presence of a CRASH Card.
Blood groups are checked in hospital, the UK ambulance service doesn't equip Paramedics with the technology to asses blood groups by the roadside or the capability to perform a transfusion and this is partly why these stickers are ignored.
Grab a card if you can! there free and available from the Ace Cafe and other outlets see

Kaeben | 11 January 2011, 15:09
Ah ok thank you :)

andrew&7 | 11 January 2011, 16:13
Nice one AMC Chairman! Thanks for the extra info.

TDJ | 11 January 2011, 19:21
So is a UTag a waste of time. Are they also ignored by the paramedics

J.C | 11 January 2011, 20:37
Great Idea , can someone get some for those of us at work who can't make the ACE !!

Julesholling | 12 January 2011, 09:35
So how do we get hold of one of these cards, do we have to go down to the Ace Cafe to pick one up?
Had a look on the web link and there is nowhere that you can order one. Surely they should send them out to people too?

AMC Chairman | 12 January 2011, 15:55
Hello Everyone,

UTAG, is a nice product and I don't think Paramedics would ignore it, its more a case of nationally A+E ambulances, rapid response cars and motorcycles don't have any means of accessing the information, they simply don't have a PC. There are/were trials planned for the NHS to fit laptops to some ambulances but these are linked into patient monitoring equipment and although I haven't seen any yet I would be surprised if we suddenly got access to plugging in a usb stick. At the end of the day however simple a dongle is to use it means stopping treating your patient to interrogate the stick, the info on the device may be useful later on in hospital, but for us by the roadside a completed CRASH Card is the quickest way of finding out what we need to know.

Cards are gradually being circulated to dealers and shops by the London Ambulance Service Motorcycle Unit, Its early days in town and I would hope that during this year the capital will be quite well covered and the card will be available at shows and events during the year and through Police Bikesafe etc... At the moment, like the rest of the UK, we (the club) aren't able to post out cards individually however much we would like too!

rusty | 12 January 2011, 21:26
They're a great idea the CRASH cards, we were handing them out at the TT last year and they went down very well and got some promising feedback about them.

One thing worth noting though. In a crash, your visor often ends up coming away from the helmet, the same for Arai side pods. For this reason, you're better off putting the green sticker on the side of your helmet by the edge of the visor.

TDJ | 13 January 2011, 21:54
Thanks for the reply it looks like the cards are the way to go.
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