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Head, Neck, and Spinal Injuries
Transcript of Head, Neck, and Spinal Injuries
-Mayo clinic. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/ Fact: Each year, about 11,000 people suffer from a head, neck or spinal injury
-car accidents cause half
-falls, sports, and acts of violence cause other half Can Cause: -paralysis
-damage to bone and soft tissue
-damage to brain and spinal cord How Injuries are Found: -x-rays
-MRIs -So knowing this: all neck, back, and spinal injuries should be taken with extreme caution Injury to Brain Can Cause: -Bleeding in the skull
-Blood can build up and cause pressure
-Dizziness or confusion What Were the forces that were involved strong enough to cause this serious of an injury? To Look For: Suspect a Head, Neck, or Spinal Injury if...: -Unconcious -Safety helmet is broken -Person was involved in a motor vehicle accident -Fall from higher than standing position -Complains of neck or back pain -Has tingling or numbness in extremities -Is not fully alert -Appears to be intoxicated -Appears to be frail or older than 65 years old -Is a child younger than 3 years old with evidence of a head or neck injury What to do Until Help Arrives -Support the head in the position it was in when you first got there
-Don't let the person get up and move around
-Don't remove the helmet if they were wearing one
-Keep the airway open References