The varying sizes, shapes, and configurations of motorcycle helmets necessitate some understanding of their proper removal from victims of motorcycle accidents. The rescuer who removes a helmet improperly might inadvertently aggravate cervical spine injuries. The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons believes that physicians who treat the injuried should be aware of helmet removal techniques. A gradual increase in the use of helmets is anticipated because many organizations are urging voluntary wearing of helmets, and some states are reinstating their laws requiring the wearing of helmets. This article contains a poster developed by the Committee on Trauma showing the types of helmets and their removal from injured patients.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American College of Surgeons

    54 East Erie Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611-2798
  • Authors:
    • McSwain Jr, N E
  • Publication Date: 1980-7

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  • Accession Number: 00453186
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Reprint, HS-039 351
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1986 12:00AM