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She herself is a motorcyclist and "never" wore a helmet either.Simply put, all that changed for that couple and they not only purchased helmets but became a vocal supporter the need for Helmet use to promote of Safety versuspersonal Freedom.It’s important to purchase a helmet that meets, and in my opinion, exceedgovernment safety test. My past years as a Trauma RN, (also my husband rides and occasionally I ride pillion) has demonstrated the lifesaving benefits of motorcycle helmets.We had a church motorcycle club do a social run to raise funds for a local young college male with TBI long term hospital and rehab bills, who had an unfortunate crash. Ironically, his girlfriend who had a helmet was riding with him only sustained one simple closed fracture, was home the same day. He always wanted his “girlfriendsafe”, and purchased a helmet for the times she rode with him.The impact tests are administered placing a head form(basically a dummy head equipped with measuring instruments) inside it to measure speed and g-forces as thehelmet is dropped onto different surfaces from a pre-determined height. Based on theenergy that gets transmitted to the head, the helmet is given a grade of pass or fail. Tests are done twice, to make sure the helmet can withstand multiple impacts in one crash. (Cortez, 2014, para 3)There are many acronyms and abbreviation in certification standards. One common one Snell, “in the US, Snell is the superior helmet certification. Snell helmets are tested to a more rigorous standard, as the standard itself is derived from motorcycle racing, where impacts tend to be more severe”.(Cortez, 2014, para 5)
Cortez (2014) also writes about how “the Department of Transportation (DOT) standard is enforced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) andthe ECE (Economic Commission for Europe) standard, most widely used in the world; it is recognized by over 50 countries. (para 6)Here is the web link with informative and colorful, visual material for motorcycle safety certification helmets: -ece-motorcycle-helmet-certificationHow many of you ride motorcycles and either wear or don’t wear helmets, why or why not?ReferencesAmerican Nurses Association. (2011). Code of Ethics. Retrieved from Cortez, A. (2014, August). Motorcycle helmet FAQs: DOT, Snell, and ECE. Retrievedfrom -helmet- certificationThank you, Kim, for that honest real life ED example and the link explaining the severity of perceived threats. I loved your commenton perceived benefits, “the benefit will be to continue living”.Not everything in nursing can be scripted, sometimes, an RN, makes a seemingly quick decision with the motivation to save a life. Hopefully, all professional RN’s use critical thinking skills and decisions while adhering to our professional ethics.
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