Air ambulances and their critical care teams are extremely good at picking up the pieces after an accident accident. As an air ambulance critical care doctor I know! It’s just what we do!
But it was attending to severely injured motorcyclists as a member of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance that led me to thinking there had to be a better way. With help, over the years, the DocBike project was born, in an attempt to prevent motorcycle accidents from occurring in the first place.
We are very lucky to have secured some very willing partners throughout our journey to date, such as the Trauma, Audit & Research Network, SafeWise, Nimbox, lots of independent associations and on the horizon BMW, Lester Aldridge & VideoBiker. So to be able to present our work at the forthcoming Association of Air Ambulances on 13th November fits in perfectly with our planned expansion of the DocBike project nationally.
The AAA conference is a platform where all air ambulance services meet once a year and we look to forge a mighty link, not only with the AAA themselves, but with other air ambulance charities across the UK, using their clinicians to promote motorcycle accident awareness in their region.
The goal of the DocBike project is ‘to eradicate all motorcycle deaths’. A hefty task! But with the support of the Association of Air Ambulances and their members across the UK, a goal that hopefully we are a step closer towards!