Engine 51, respond to the Hungry Valley SVRA for a motorcyclist down. With that we were off again. This time we were responding for someone with a leg injury.
When we arrived on scene we found ourselves at the trail-head of one of the more popular rides. A man was there on the ground holding his 15 year old daughter. They had been riding all morning and she had been doing great. She had been handling some tough climbs like a pro. That is until the end of the ride.
When she pulled into the parking area she slowed down a little too much. Gravity took over and the bike landed on her left knee. The lower leg had a little inward rotation to it and she was in a lot of pain.
The rangers at the park had already placed an ice pack on her knee and were getting ready to splint her leg when we pulled up. I did a quick assessment before starting treatment. She didn't hit her head or lose consciousness. She had no history of medical problems, didn't take any medications and didn't take any medication.
I pulled out the IV start kit and assured her that she wanted me to start the IV more than some other medic or worse, a nurse in the ER. Once the IV was in I gave her some morphine. It took a couple of doses of MS to get rid of most of the pain. With that accomplished we finished splinting her leg and loaded her onto AMR's gurney.
That's almost 30 mg of morphine given out in the last couple of weeks. Just call me the Candy Man.