head injury

First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
November 9, 2017

Save a life this summer with these first aid tips

The holidays make for fun times, but all that merriment, alcohol and lowered inhibitions can lead to scary situations. This may not give you a qualification as a paramedic, but these tips can help you be a little more prepared for an emergency. If someone’s having a convulsion Lay the person on the ground, away from dangerous objects. Don't try to restrain them. Loosen their clothing if necessary. Never place anything in their mouth! When it’s over, keep them on their side with their head down to allow easy breathing and prevent choking. If someone’s having an asthma attack An…
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
October 15, 2017

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a disorder of the nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles), and it causes sudden and recurring episodes of loss of consciousness, convulsions and sensory disturbance. These are all things which are associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Normally, neurones (cells) in your brain communicate with each other using electrical impulses, and these electrical signals travel along the nerves to the rest of your body, giving your muscles “instructions” to move. Convulsions happen when there is unusual electrical activity in the brain, which causes muscles to tighten and relax rapidly, or stop moving completely.…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
July 12, 2016

My child injured his head! What now?

Most head injuries only damage the scalp, such as cuts, scrapes, bruises or swellings. Even with a small injury, you can get a big lump or bruise, because there are a lot of blood-vessels beneath your scalp. For the same reason, small cuts on the head may bleed a lot. Bruises on the forehead sometimes cause black eyes 1 to 3 days later. This is caused by blood spreading downward by gravity. (more…)
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January 2, 2014

Schumacher’s brain injury: What is a “lucid interval”?

Yesterday, the news broke of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident in the French Alps, whereby he sustained serious brain injuries and underwent emergency surgery. Doctors were hesitant to comment on his prognosis, although they confirmed he was in a critical condition. As of this morning, Schumacher remains in a coma, and doctors have reported that he is fighting for his life and that his condition is “touch and go”. At this stage they are unable to say what the full extent of his injuries are. (more…)
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