Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash

2012 Harley-Davidson wrecked on Lovers Lane Road.
Scott Seitz2
Dec 2, 2012


An area man was listed in critical condition at a Toledo hospital after a motorcycle crash Friday evening on Lovers Lane Road.

Thomas Leal, 23, of Sandusky, was operating a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound on Lovers Lane Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control, began to slide, struck a guardrail and then slid down an embankment, troopers from the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol said.

A LifeFlight helicopter flew Leal from the scene to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

The crash occurred at 6:46 p.m.

Leal was wearing his helmet, and alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, troopers said.

The Norwalk Fire Department also responded to the scene and assisted removing Leal from underneath his motorcycle, transporting him out of the ravine and then packaging him for the medical helicopter. Firefighters also helped establish a landing zone for the helicopter.

No charges have yet been filed, troopers said.



"packaging him" ? What did they do? Box him up, shrink wrap him and palletize him for shipping?


Packaging is an EMS term for preparing a trauma victim for transport to the hospital by stabilizing their spine with a backboard and collar, etc. Nice that the paper always gives all the credit to the NFD for everything. While they are helpful and respond to crashes, it is North Central EMS that provides all the medical and trauma care, and are the only ones authorized to deploy a medical helicopter. The fire department usually conducts extrication, assists NCEMS with preparing the patient for transport, and normally sets up a landing zone for the helicopter. Like I said, while the FD is an important component of the team, I wish the reflector would accurately report, and not give the impression that NFD goes it alone in these situations, because they don't.

yogi bear

Fire Departments are authorized to "deploy" Lifeflight and they often do. Many times they arrive before EMTS and this saves preceious time in the golden hour.


If they did this time, it would be a first. I've worked EMS in NFD's service area in the past and they have always waited for NCEMS to deploy them (at least that was my experience). While some departments may be "authorized" to do it, many of the ones that do not provide ambulance transport in their cities do not, they seem to defer to the ambulance provider. Besides, only in rare occasions does NFD show up on scene more than a few seconds before NCEMS.


they probably put that shinny silver warmer on him to warm him up


Why use a term to dehumanize the patient?


How does the trade term "package" dehumanize a patient? That is a bit of a stretch. I do agree that the reporter should not have used the term though, because most of the lay public has no clue what it means. Package is used because it takes to long to say manual inline cervical spine immobilization and Full spinal immobilization. We also use the term board 'em to describe the same thing. In EMS we try not to waste time in trauma situations because that extra 10 seconds could be the difference between living or dying. Long drawn out technical terms on scene just add to the time. Got it?


The term "packaging" includes securing the patient and all the equipment that is being transported with them into one unit. Any time you are moving a patient, it can be dangerous for the patient and the rescuers. Loose items either falling or dragging can cause a fall or damage the equipment. These can be things like IV lines and bags, Oxygen tanks, tubing and masks or cannulas, heart monitoring equipment, fracture immobilization items, and the backboard/c-spine immobilization equipment, including straps. Bundling all these items safely and securely into one less-dangerous "package" makes it safer for everyone involved, and more efficient for transferring the patient to the ambulance - ground OR air. It is about the process and the equipment, not the patient specifically. The patient is included in the "package", but not referred to as one. The patient or victim is generally referred to by those terms, and not a "package". Good discussion and some valid points. If you seriously want to know more about the terminology or processes, sign up for EMT training. There are always openings for good people. If you do it, though, do it with the right motivations. As KnuckleDragger pointed out, there are many abreviations or shortened terms used for simplicity's sake. Most include numerous steps (evolutions)to complete properly, but are referred to in a single, simple term.


People are just looking for something to complain about because they can't complain about him not wearing a helmet because he was wearing one. Instead of just wishing him and his family a speedy recovery and prayers, they feel the need to complain about something. That's all they do on here.


Intelligent conversation for once. Perhaps the world IS ending.


Thank You KD and scooter58 for taking the time to explain.