- 25 September 2018
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Severe Head Injuries: Tips To Prevent It
If you have been reading the news, you’d know that actor-politician Harikrishna Nandamuri was killed in a horrific road accident. The cause of death was stated to be a traumatic brain injury. Thousands mourned his death, but, is there a lesson learnt?
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?
A severe head injury could be described as an injury to the brain, skull or scalp. It could likewise result in a small bump to severe damage to the brain, including consequences such as concussions, skull fractures to the head, and scalp wounds.
Causes And Prevention Head Injuries :
For starters, always have a safety-first approach when it comes to performing activities that could potentially cause a head injury. Then it doesn’t matter if the predicted injury could be light or severe, having yourself equipped with measures that can prevent or smoothen a blow, however, the kind, should always be the first line of defence and choice.
Harikrishna Nandamuri’s cause of death has been one of concern among many today, seatbelts! The reports suggest that Nandamuri Harikrishna’s head injury which caused his death could have been ultimately due to not wearing a seat belt. Seatbelts are essential; they help in limiting the damage that an accident could cause to the human body, especially to the head.
Seatbelts are just one aspect, while there are others that we will explore after we understand the causes of a severe head injury.
- Motor Vehicle accidents
- Physical assaults
- Sports accidents
The skull is a great protector to our brains, and in cases where the there is damage to the brain could also be associated with injuries to the spine.
Some Of Common Symptoms of Head Injuries
- Spinning sensation
- A headache
- Mild confusion
- The ringing of ears (temporary)
In cases of severe head injuries, the symptoms could be
- A loss of consciousness
- Balance or coordination problems
- Serious disorientation
- An inability to focus the eyes
- Abnormal eye movements
- A loss of muscle control
- A persistent or worsening headache
- Memory loss
- Changes in mood
- Leaking of clear fluid from the ear or the nose
Here are some tips to prevent a traumatic brain injury and could be applied in whatever you do, like driving, adventure or working in a place where damages could be more (industrial/construction site)
A focus on your surroundings
Ensure where you are is proper and safe, for instance, there are no slippery points or know if there are any possible warning signs that might become the cause of a fall and eventually a head injury
Safety first approach
Be it a sport, walk or a drive in your car, ensure you have the mental safety button on as anything could go wrong at any time. Safety first essentially means good practices of wearing a helmet, a seatbelt, taking proper safety precautions while playing a sport, especially for adventure sports etc.
Never text and drive
Texting and driving have become one of the prime causes for accidents today, and as necessary as text and its response could ensure it waits. Implementing self-discipline in that aspect is essential in providing yourself with a significant safety measure when driving.
Know your body
Knowing your body is more essential than ever. One should identify their strengths, weaknesses and where they could falter. This would enable one to have a conscious understanding of their self, which will ensure them not performing things that could endanger them. For instance, if one is scared of heights, then that does not mean they go on top of a skyscraper as a daring act as there could be chances they suffer from confusion, the spinning of the head and other things that may eventually end up in a fall and a subsequent chance of injury.
Head injuries are vital and could become life-threatening when it is of the severe type. Consult a doctor or have someone take you in case you are involved in one. Your doctor will be the best person to suggest better tips based on your individuality.
[ Also Read – Types of Skull Fractures ]
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