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Safety warning: do not insert brake lever into your thigh!

Old 07-28-10, 02:33 PM
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Safety warning: do not insert brake lever into your thigh!

Here is my story, as I posted it on my blog:

https://tomreingold.blogspot.com/2010...ert-brake.html
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Old 07-28-10, 02:41 PM
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Ouch, that's gonna leave a mark!

Glad she's mostly OK, that had to look ugly.
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no pictures = who cares
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Old 07-28-10, 06:49 PM
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pictures or it didn't happen!
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For what reason do you need pictures? Ghouls.
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Originally Posted by zeppinger View Post
pictures or it didn't happen!
Ya, well, when I was there, the thought that DID NOT cross my mind was: "Hmm, I better get a picture or else the bikeforumers will never believe me. I don't care what this does to my student's dignity!"
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Ya, well, when I was there, the thought that DID NOT cross my mind was: "Hmm, I better get a picture or else the bikeforumers will never believe me. I don't care what this does to my student's dignity!"
Truth is stranger then fiction, just because there aren't pictures doesn't mean it didn't happen. Monday coming home from the VA I had a run in with a "suicidal rodent," i.e. a rabbit decided to cross MUP I was riding on right in front of me. I swerved to avoid it and don't know what I'd hit but I went down collecting some road rash on my arm and leg. I also busted one of my CF bar ends. Fortunately I always carry a First Aid kit, ya never know when you'll need one.
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Wow, that must have hurt.
The lever must have punctured an area that wasn't covered by clothing, right??

Removing the lever and just applying direct pressure or upstream pressure would have been ok.
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No, her thigh was not covered by clothing. My intuition was also to remove the lever, but there were already people there helping, and she was insisting that no one remove it. I have no expertise with first aid, and I didn't want to assert my viewpoint over someone else's. But yes, I, too, would have removed it and put pressure on the wound.
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I studied to become an EMT a long time ago. The incredibly gruesome colour photos in the manual helped me decide it was not a career for me. Anyway, one thing you learn is that there is only one time you remove an article that's penetrating someone's body--if it's going through the cheek.

A penetrating wound in the thigh could hit the femoral artery, which can kill you in something like two minutes. There are plenty of cases where someone suffering a serious arterial wound took out the offending article--and ended up dead for their trouble. Sometimes the weapon is what's giving you the direct pressure on the wound so you'll stay alive.

The brave student may have been motivated by just not wanting to see the ick, but it was most likely the safest thing to do.
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J B Bell, thank you for the warning. Now I will never remove something like that. I'm glad to know!
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Here is my story, as I posted it on my blog:

https://tomreingold.blogspot.com/2010...ert-brake.html
I am having trouble visualizing a brake doing that.

I can see a gear lever doing that, since I have seen gear levers on the down tube of frame.
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Ya, well, when I was there, the thought that DID NOT cross my mind was: "Hmm, I better get a picture or else the bikeforumers will never believe me. I don't care what this does to my student's dignity!"
Another lesson learnt: you'll remember next time!!
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Originally Posted by J B Bell View Post
I studied to become an EMT a long time ago. The incredibly gruesome colour photos in the manual helped me decide it was not a career for me.
I thought about doing the same thing . That was until I saw a picture on the Net, of a kid that stuck a bunch of M-80 firecrackers in his mouth n' lit them. He destroyed his airway, along with half his nose. The question with the picture was how to intubate the patient.

That picture convinced me not to be an EMT. I may have been able to stomach break lever. But not the M-80s'.
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You should not insert a brake lever into your thigh -OR- your stomach!
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As a former EMT and first aid instructor and not seeing the injury, I would agree with J B Bell, unless the object is compromising breathing, you leave it in place. EMS on site did what they felt was appropriate.
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Thank you for reinforcing that. I guess our intuition to remove it comes from being grossed out at seeing something that doesn't belong. I'm so glad I didn't do anything.
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