The Emergency Medical Response Dirtbike was put to good use on April 1, 2012 to quickly get to and treat an injured rider at a remote location within the Wombat State Forest on the 60km MTB ride during the MAD Ride 2012. The rider’s front wheel of his mountain bike had got stuck in a mud ditch throwing the rider clear over his handle bars.
The Acromioclavicular Joint is usually injured by a direct fall onto the point of the shoulder. The shoulder blade (scapula) is forced downwards and the clavicle (collarbone) appears prominent. Activities like cycling and horse riding are prone to this type of injury in the event of a fall. However MotoX riders without adequate shoulder guard protection or where excessive force occurs during a crash can often suffer these types of injuries.
The degree of damage to the joint is classified by the joint displacement and injury to the ligaments which support the AC joint.:
Grade 1: AC joint sprain
Grade 2: AC joint ligaments torn only
Grade 3: 100% dislocation
Grade 4: clavicle dislocated backwards
Grade 5: >100% dislocation
Grade 6: clavicle under coracoid
Sometimes we are asked, “Why are ambulance response times so long where Emergency Medical Response operates?”, well it isn’t because Paramedics are not doing their jobs. Nor is it because Rural Ambulance Victoria isn’t doing their job. They do a great job, in difficult circumstances with the limited resources available to rural towns with small populations.
It simply comes down to the location of Dunolly, Dunluce, Mount Hooghly, Archdale Junction, Archdale, Dalyenong, Bealiba, Emu, Cochranes Creek, Goldsborough, Inkerman, Painswick, Moliagul, Murphys Creek, Tarnagulla and Waanyarra has in relation to the current Ambulance Stations. These areas are all located in a dead zone between all the current major Ambulance Stations.
As a local rural organisation ourselves, we know how hard it is for rural event organisers to find all the money needed to run events and we are more than happy to provide Event First Aid Coverage and Stand-by Emergency Medical Response Services coverage at Market Days or Street Festivals from as little as $198.00 inc. GST / day (subject to availability).
From Market Days, Music Festivals, Cycling or Motocross events, Emergency Medical Response is ready to respond to any type of incident and provide the Emergency Medical Care needed until our handover to Rural Ambulance Victoria for transport to Hospital. Ambulance Victoria provides pre-hospital care for patients experiencing medical emergencies and is also the only organisation in Victoria permitted to provide Emergency Medical Transport to Hospital by road and air.
EMR received a Hoax Call @ 11:50pm (23:50hrs) on Tuesday night,October 29 from a female stating that her friend had taken drugs and wasn’t breathing properly and had a weak pulse. She said she doesn’t believe in taking drugs but her friend had and wasn’t well. She said she had called 000 and been told that the ambulance would take an hour to reach them. I asked their location and was told near the front of the Moliagul Hotel. I asked whether or not this was on the main road and she answered “yes”.
There was No Caller ID so I also asked for a contact number and was given 0467 xxx xxx by the caller. The caller’s voice sounded panicked, so I said I would be there in ten minutes. The call duration was 2 min 18 seconds.