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HEAD INJURY CAN BE PREVENTED!!

THE BEST PROTECTION AGAINST HEAD INJURY IS PREVENTION!!

Many of the head injuries that occur annually in this country can be prevented. Each year 140,000 persons die from head injuries and 70,000 persons sustain severe head injuries.

A head injury is an insult to the brain caused by an external force, that may impair cognitive, physical, behavioral, and emotional functions.

Head injury rehabilitation is a long process that is measured in years rather than months. Many persons with severe head injuries face a wide range of lifelong problems. These problems, in turn, can dramatically effect an individual's ability to live independently, care for a family, and work.

The true extent of a head injury is not conveyed by numbers. Lives, hopes, dreams, families, and friendships are often altered in the wake of a head injury. Research, rehabilitation, public awareness, and PREVENTION can help to lessen the occurrence of head injuries in our society.

 

PREVENTION IS THE KEY:

bulletAlways use seatbelts when driving or riding in an automobile.
bulletAlways make sure that young children are in approved infant and child restraints while riding in automobiles.
bulletDo not DRINK and DRIVE
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Do not smoke and drive. The amount of carbon monoxide generated by smoking in the car with the windows closed can impair a driver's reaction time and contribute to auto accidents.

bulletWear protective helmets when participating in sports such as bicycling, motorcycling, boxing, mountain climbing, football, hockey, horse riding, etc.
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Know the depth of the water before you DIVE. Most backyard pools are shallow. In ponds and lakes, rocks and other submerged objects may not be visible---always investigate before diving.

bulletPrevent falls around the home by using firmly anchored ladders.
bulletKeep stairways CLEAR of debris.
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If caught in a thunderstorm, seek shelter indoors or in a closed car. Get away from water, stay away from tall trees and avoid exposed metal objects such as bicycles, golf clubs, and fences.

bulletWhen engaging in any sport, learn the rules, wear proper safety equipment and recognize your own limitations.
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Wear protective helmets and other safety equipment on the job to prevent head injuries especially on jobs such as construction work.

bulletToddlers should not be left unattended in highchairs, buggies, strollers, or by open, unguarded windows.