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Cyclists by nature face a high risk of accidents taking into account that we travel on roads in which, in many of them, there aren’t any lanes for the exclusive use of bicycles, plus the natural conditions of the route and lack of a rigid structure that protects the body.
Therefore, we have decided to share with you some first aid recommendations in case you face emergencies that force you to react in order to take care of the integrity of a fellow traveler or, your own. We also invite you to dig deeper into the subject and assume with great responsibility the importance of this knowledge.
The first thing to keep in mind is how to prepare before the trip. Tell a friend or family member, who will not be joining, that you are going on a bike tour, the place where going, what the route you will taking, how long will it take you and who you will be accompanied by (best to share their cell phone numbers).
Prepare a travel-kit including tape, gauze, sterilizing solution, some ban aids and, if necessary, additional medications which you or one of your colleagues may depend on. Also, know the physical and medical conditions of the people with whom you travel. As bike users, we know that regulating the weight we carry and foresee everything related to the route is complicated, so go with a travel group prepared for difficulties, who equally shares responsibilities and weight.
IN CASE OF ACCIDENT, TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE FOLLOWING BASIC RULES:
Take the situation calmly, which will allow you to think clearly. If the injured person is disturbed, you will complicate their situation.
If there is a person better equipped to handle the situation, let them act and follow their instructions, pay attention and help in the emergency. If necessary, take charge of the situation, give clear directives and keep the curious away.
Do not move the injured person and keep them in a horizontal position so as not to cause major damage. In strictly necessary cases, they should be moved in a block and with great care, for example, if the person is vomiting or choking with their tongue, put them on their side to avoid suffocation.
Reassure the injured, do not let them get upset, show them that the situation is under control and prevent them from looking at their injuries or those of others.
Try to provide as much comfort as possible by loosening the clothes and helmet, without removing it and without generating more movement.
Do not give them fluids, food or medications, unless they are for their specific medical situation.
Request medical assistance immediately. Remember that 123 is the integral security and emergency number nationwide.