Head Injury

If your neck or spine is injured, sit or lay still and ask someone to cradle your head in his hands so you cannot move it. Tell him to be careful not to jostle you. Call an ambulance.

  • If you have a head injury, see a doctor.
  • For even a minor head injury, go home to rest.

Aftercare, minor head injury

  • Try not to injure head again; multiple head injuries can cause death.
  • If you do suffer second head injury, call an ambulance.
    • If the doctor says you are OK, go home. Return to action in the uprising only after a full week of no symptoms.

Aftercare, serious head injury:

Go to the hospital. When you go home, a responsible person should stay with you to watch for serious symptoms. First 24 hours after injury are critical.

  • Rest in bed the first 24 hours.
  • Person watching you should wake you every 2 hours for first 24 hours. See checklist below for signs he should look for when he wakes you.
  • Person watching you should wake you every 4 hours the second day and every 8 hours the third day.
  • Do not take any non-prescribed medicine, including aspirin, for at least the first 24 hours.

Follow-up with your regular healthcare worker.

See doctor if:

  • Cannot be awakened.
  • Vomiting.
  • Unable to move arms and legs equally well on both sides.
  • Blood or fluid dripping from ears or nose.
  • Temperature above 37.8C.
  • Cannot breathe well or breathe in a funny pattern.
  • Stiff neck.
  • Pupils of unequal size or shape.
  • Convulsions.
  • Noticeable restlessness, confusion, or disorientation.
  • Persistent headache.
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