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Safety Focus of Week March 11 - Safety on Head Injury< Back to Blog

Mar 11, 2019
By: C. Wang
Categories: Safety

SAFETY ON HEAD INJURY

I experienced a head injury a couple of weeks ago. I went to the hospital emergency room to do a head CT scan, and fortunately it turns out a minor one and nothing serious happen. Minor head injuries can happen to people of all ages, and especially common to small children. As such, I am sharing some safety tips on head injuries this week.

A head injury is any trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. The injury may be only a minor bump on the skull or a serious brain injury. Minor head injuries can happen to people of all ages, and common to small children. I am sharing some safety tips on head injuries.

Head injuries include:

  • Concussion, in which the brain is shaken, is the most common type of traumatic brain injury.

  • Scalp wounds and Skull fractures.

  • Head injuries may cause bleeding:

  • In the brain tissue or In the layers that surround the brain 

  • Head injury is a common reason for an emergency room visit. 

Treating a minor head injury

Most people who attend hospital with a minor head injury are allowed to return home shortly afterwards and will make a full recovery within a few days. After attending hospital with a minor head injury, you'll usually be discharged fairly soon and be able to recover at home. Most people will make a full recovery in a few days.

For the first 24 hours after the injury, it's important for someone to stay with the injured person to keep an eye out for any new symptoms that develop. It's also important to rest, avoid aggravating the injury with stressful situations, and avoid contact sports until fully recovered. Mild headaches can be treated with paracetamol, but always read the manufacturer's instructions to ensure the correct dosage is taken. Don't give aspirin to children under the age of 16.

Preventing head injuries

It can be difficult to predict or avoid a head injury, but there are some steps you can take to help reduce the risk of more serious injury. These include:

  • wearing a safety helmet when cycling

  • reducing hazards in the home that may cause a fall

  • using the correct safety equipment for work, sport

  • look out for surroundings and be careful when walk out of a building

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