Education and Training

May 24,2013, Friday   Carol Bullard provided a brief safety talk to the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association (MSTA) at their annual MSTA – Tri-Star event, Memorial Day weekend, in Sparta, NC.     Beth Hobbs, coordinator for the group, wrote an article in their newsletter about the event weekend.  Below is an excerpt about the talk Carol did for motorcycle safety. 


“Following the Friday meal, we were greeted with a special guest, Carol Bullard (RN, MSN, CCRN) who provided us with a mini first aid session specifically designed for motorcyclists. Carol has served as a RN in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, located in Winston Salem, NC.  She has worked closely with skilled emergency room physicians as well as leading trauma surgeons.  Carol has an abundance of love for both trauma nursing and motorcycling; therefore, she seeks to combine those interests to provide tangible results that could save a life or a limb for a riding friend, yourself, or even a stranger. Carol’s passion is to educate the motorcycling community to ensure that in the event of an accident, the victim gets the best possible first 10 minutes of medical attention they can, prior to EMS arrival.  This has been proven to have a positive impact on the victim’s eventual outcome.

Carol’s primary message was based on being prepared. No one plans on being in an accident, but things can and do happen unexpectedly (an usually very quickly).  Carol explained that sometimes it’s only a matter of actually thinking beforehand about “what would I do?” type scenarios.  She also highly recommended that everyone in your riding group share a bit of vital information a month group before any ride actually starts (like name and phone number for each riders next of kin, acknowledge if anyone suffers from specific allergies and/or illnesses, and also if anyone has had CPR and/or First Aid training, etc.). For example, if you are allergic to bee stings, then it’s really important that someone in the riding group knows this along with if, and where, you carry your EpiPen auto injector. She also recommended that you have a game plan among the riding group so if an accident does occur, everyone will know who is responsible for calling 9-1-1, who will start CPR and/or First Aid (if necessary), and who will direct traffic, and so forth, instead of everyone panicking and nothing productive being done during the emergency.

At the end of the seminar, Carol offered a question and answer session that received a great deal of interaction from those in attendance. Hopefully everyone in the room picked up on at least a single portion of information that they were able to take away and maybe even share with others.  A few people were so inspired with the information, that they asked how they could learn about First Aid and/or CPR training in the own hometown and Carol gladly offered options on locating “local” to you training sessions.” 

Hobbs, Beth (2013, June). Tri-STAR.  MSTA Starreview,  p 10-11.  Retrieved from


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