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Shock Doctor Eject Helmet Removal System

Friday, December 4, 2009

The $59.99 Shock Doctor Eject Emergency Helmet Removal System helps prevent further neck and spine injuries of crash victims during emergency helmet removal.
Neck and spine injuries are a life-altering peril that motorcyclists face each time we strap on our helmets. Shock Doctor, a leader in design and manufacturing of innovative sports protection technology, hopes to reduce the occurrence of spinal injuries with its Shock Doctor Eject Helmet Removal System.
The system is designed to allow emergency medical technicians to easily remove the helmet of an injured rider, thereby reducing the chances of further neck or spinal cord trauma. The setup is comprised of a thin, two-inch square air bladder that is situated inside the top of your helmet. It can be fitted between the inner liner and shell toward the center of the helmet. The bladder connects to an air tube that’s routed inside the liner and down through the bottom of the right-hand side of the helmet. The intake air connector can then be fastened to the base of the helmet via its Velcro fastener. A yellow ‘Eject equipped’ sticker is then placed next to the intake to signal to medical personnel that the system is installed.
Shock Doctor Eject Instructions
This illustration shows the four steps involved in activating the Eject system and safely removing the helmet from the rider.

To activate, one needs to first detach or cut the helmet’s chin strap, followed by removal of the riders’ eyeglasses or goggles. Next, attach the air squeeze bulb assembly to the air intake connector (a compressed air removal device is available for EMT use only). Pump the bulb while guiding the helmet off the rider’s head. Furthermore, Shock Doctor offers an Eject EMT/First Responder Helmet Removal Kit that can be used when the injured rider’s helmet is not equipped with the standard Eject Helmet Removal System. The Eject system can be used in all type of powesport helmets, both street and dirt and is required for all competitors in the AMA Supercross series.
MSRP: $59.99

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Charlie -Peter, please accept my condolences for your friend who lost his life.  September 5, 2010 06:06 AM
Peter, Please accept my condolences for the loss of your friend. It is especially heart breaking due to the improper removal of his helmet. I read your blog and reviewed the video on proper helmet removal. Bravo! This is exactly the point Ric and I where trying to make. Helmets should only be removed by trained people. Using a short cut product like the shock helmet removal is a path to disaster and is completely inappropriate and adds unneeded complexity. I went to the Shock Helmet Removal web site hoping that the product has been removed, unfortunately for the injured rider who can't help themselve, it is still there. But I thought their header for this product is almost appropriate "Protection for the Fearless". It should be modified to read as "Protection for the Fearless, Stupid and/or Ignorant".
Peter Bruce photo -Great story on removing a helmet safely and GREAT decal idea  August 10, 2010 11:00 AM
Go here http://updownlongwayaround.blogspot.com/
Robert -Just another rider  March 4, 2010 06:13 PM
Thanks to the paramedics comments. I am back on a bike and have a prior neck injury and wondered about helmet removal in the case of an accident. I know now what I am going to do. On the front and back of the helmet it will state, "Don't Remove My Helmet!" Of course, an EMT team will ignore it but a bystander would have second thoughts if I were unconscious and could not communicate. Thanks for the comments.
loren -better plan  February 17, 2010 09:32 PM
I have worked in EMS for over 15 years. A better plan would be like some of the old Riddel football helmets that you could deflate making the inside of the helmet larger and then eisier to remove while maintaining c-spine. Still two sets of hands.
Ric -Helmet Ejection Product  December 7, 2009 09:03 PM
SA, Charlie and I do "Get It", it is you who do not "Get It". You say this device was designed to be used by pre hospital emergency care providers, be they Paramedics, EMTs, Ski Patrolers ( many skiers are now wearing protective helmets) or any other trained 1st Responders, to help us, or as you say "aid us" in removing the helmet from an accident victim. Like both Charlie and I have stated this device requires more trained hands then might possibly be available.

And while we are on the subject of "trained hands", although helmet removal is mentioned in most EMT and Paramedic manuels, it is not included in the mandatory curriculum for most States' EMT training programs. It is my understanding only two States, Alabama and Maine, required this training as mandatory statewide. So, if the instructors are not attuned to motorcycles or some other activity that requires the wearing of helmets as safety gear, it is more likely then not, the class will not be given this training. And therefore, they certainly not going to be made familiar with this or any other similar such device.

I and I am sure Charlie as well would be most interested to learn what your background and training is in regard to Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Emergency care.

Charlie -Actually, I do get it, and please don't make assumptions.  December 7, 2009 09:26 AM
How does this product justify the increased risk of injury or death by the mechanism by which is increases external cranial pressure? I've reviewed the http://www.racerxvt.com/ (owners of the Astric Medical Mobile Unit you mentioned) site and there's no mention of Shock Doctor Eject Helmet there, so what are you talking about? There are lots of other interesting and good articles there that are worth reading. If you read Ric's note, it appears you need up to two extra people to remove a helmet with this product. If you read my note you only need two trained people to safely remove a helmet. You still need one person to hold the riders head to prevent it from moving this takes 2 hands. The other person to release (or cut) the chin strap and the remove the helmet. The product requires someone to inflate the bladder this takes 2 hands to control the schrader valve and monitor the progress of the helmet being pushed off the riders head. Also someone needs to guide the helmet using 2 hands so it moves in linear direction to prevent it from moving the riders head from the pressure exerted on the head. Also someone to monitor the air pressure going into the bladder and watch the entire process. The product appears to be on sale for the general public (at least there's no disclaimer on the vendors web site that this is available only to professional use only). This product is being advertised for sale to the average rider. Also, if there are some well-known MDs who have approved this product, please list who they are, their credentials and what are their specialties are. Perhaps there is a study that has been performed using known scientific principals (3 blind studies followed by a trial period) with a full disclosure of the participants (including the processes and procedures for the tests), who(m) underwrote the study (who paid for it) and all the results regardless of good or bad (including the criteria and all the data not used in the final report that was dropped once the study started). Personally when I read something like "well-known" something and that information isn't made public (and readily available) your statement of "well-known MDs" means absolutely nothing to me, just advertising hype. Advertising hype with someone's health is abhorrent (borders with child exploitation) and goes along the same crap I see from SPAM emails. It's useless and puts the company and product at a very low level of credibility.
SA -You Guys Don't Get It  December 6, 2009 12:35 PM
To address your comments below, the system isn't designed for an average bystander to come in and take the helmet off without training. It's to aid paramedics with proper removal. The Astric Medical Mobile Unit for SX, led by some well-known MDs, had approved it as some one the best safety features made today and requires it on all riders.
Ric -Helmet Ejection Product  December 6, 2009 10:23 AM
I heartily agree with Charlie, I too am a retired Paramedic with over 45 years of prehospital emergency care experience as well as being an active motorcyclist with about the same number of years experience riding. I am also a a certified riding instructor. This is a bad idea for not only the reasons cited by Charlie but because it also requires an extra set of hands to remove the helmet from the victim. Normally, to remove a helmet properly from a patient, it requires 2 trained emergency care providers, using this "system", would require another set of hands to attach an inflation tube to the helmet and then possibly even another person (now making it 4) to activate the the inflator pump.

Several years ago, I had been consulted by a well know and respected helmet manufacturer about this very concept and expressed these same concerns.

Over the years I have been asked my opinion about such devices and have yet to see any evidence to change my opinion or to assuage my original concerns.

I am all for progress, especially in motorcycle safety equipment, but this is not a better mouse trap!

Charlie -Helmet Ejection product, good idea badly implemented  December 6, 2009 04:58 AM
What a horrible idea. I am a retired paramedic with 28 years+ experience. I am also a motorcyclist with 40 years of riding experience. You would never want to place any pressure at any time on any part of a injured riders head. To properly and safely remove a motorcycle helmet from a rider (and do no harm) it takes two people, preferably trained. One person to hold the riders head so it doesn't move and cause a spinal injury and the other person to remove the helmet. But this shockdoctor helmet ejection product is a bad idea. If the rider has a depressed skull fracture at the site of the inflation balloon and you inflate that balloon (pushing against the riders head and helmet) there's a chance you can push bone fragments into the riders brain. That would make a bad situation worse. I am very well aware that sometimes you have to move a rider out of harms way, and remove their protective gear to treat them (e.g. stopping arterial or other heavy bleeding). There are a number of programs on the market that can teach these skills I highly encourage you to sit through one of these courses. Some of these courses (or intro to the courses) are available at rallys. I recently sat in at one such intro course at the BMW Changing of the Colors at Hunter Mtn, NY in the fall 2009. The worse feeling in the world (or one of the worse) is trying to help a friend or family member who is injured and then making their injury worse or killing them due to a lack of knowledge and an abundance of adrenaline with a sense of "I've got to do something". I've seen this on more then one occasion (actually more then I care to think about). Before potentially causing injury to a downed rider, remember that the first rule in medicine is do no harm!