Usually not, only in some cases the headset is removed. Remove the helmet if there are any signs of airway obstruction. Take off a helmet that is so large that the spine cannot be stabilized.
Unresponsive Patient For most helmets, this should require helmet removal. Therefore, the helmet should be removed from an unconscious patient who is unable to find a free and open airway while breathing, or if it can be determined that the patient has a compromised airway and requires CPR.
Full-face motorcycle helmets must be removed in the preclinical setting for the following reasons:
- It is possible to increase the forward neck curvature when the patient is lying on a table.
- The airways cannot be observed with the full-face helmet on.
The most important advice is to remove the helmet only if it is absolutely necessary to protect the person’s airways. Trying to take off your helmet yourself if you have been involved in a car accident could damage it and make your injuries worse, especially if you injure your spine.
Motorcycle helmets should only be removed if access to the injured face is required for ventilation or to protect the airway.
WEAR THE HELMET if breathing is normal! Do not remove the helmet unless the airways are blocked or the victim is not breathing. Call an ambulance after determining the severity of the injuries.
Cyclists typically replace their helmets every three to five years, while some manufacturers recommend replacing the helmet approximately seven years from the date of manufacture. The date of manufacture is usually on a sticker under a part of the comfort cover.