HEAD INJURY CAN BE PREVENTED!!
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:
|Always use seatbelts when driving or riding in an automobile.|
|Always make sure that young children are in approved infant and child restraints while
riding in automobiles.|
|Do not DRINK and DRIVE|
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.
|Wear protective helmets when participating in sports such as bicycling, motorcycling,
boxing, mountain climbing, football, hockey, horse riding, etc.|
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.
|Prevent falls around the home by using firmly anchored ladders.|
|Keep stairways CLEAR of debris.|
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.
|When engaging in any sport, learn the rules, wear proper safety equipment and recognize
your own limitations.|
Wear protective helmets and other safety equipment on the job to
prevent head injuries especially on jobs such as construction work.
|Toddlers should not be left unattended in highchairs, buggies, strollers, or by open,