Paramedic - Professional Speaker - Deputy Chief of Operations (Retired) New Orleans EMS Westwego, Louisiana
This session is designed to help first responders better understand how to manage school bus incidents. Daily in the United States an average of 480,000 yellow school buses transport approximately 25 million students to and from school. Although school buses are the most regulated vehicle on the highway, incidents involving school buses occur daily. School buses are designed safely, with rollover and high crush protection. The bus is painted yellow for high visibility and equipped with flashing red and yellow lights, cross-view mirrors and red flashing stop signs. Some buses are equipped with video surveillance cameras both on the inside and outside to record incidents. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), crash data shows that between 2007 and 2019, 1,401 people were killed and 274,000 people injured in school bus-related crashes. 70% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes were occupants of other vehicles, 17% were pedestrians, 6% school bus passengers, 4% school bus drivers, and 3% pedal cyclists. During this session we will discuss school bus design, safety features, crash data, types of injuries, triage, patient tracking and school bus crash management.
Better understand school bus crash data and their frequency.
Understand the construction and safety features of school buses and the dangers involving liquid fuel, hybrid systems and compressed gas.
Better understand how injuries occur on school buses and in the other vehicles involved in the crash.
Recognize the difficulty of removing patients from the bus and organize triage, treatment and transport.
Relate to the difficult task of accounting for every passenger, where they were transported, and how to reunify the passenger with family.