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What is the first aid treatment for head injury?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The following are first aid treatment guidelines for head injury:
  • Call for medical help.
  • If necessary to turn victim, turn as unit. Use two rescuers and the log-roll technique (stabilize the head and neck while you instruct your helper to roll the victim's body as a single unit onto his/her back.)
  • If absolutely necessary to move victim, use clothes-drag technique (lay victim on back and drag by his/her clothing, keeping the body aligned.)
  • Immobilize neck and head, if spine or neck injury is suspected.
  • Monitor for responsiveness and breathing.
  • Control bleeding, if present.
  • Watch for signs of serious head trauma such as increasing sleepiness, projectile vomiting, seizures, and loss of body function.
  • Keep victim calm and still until help arrives.
  • Do not move a victim's head if a spinal injury is suspected.
  • Do not give anything by mouth.
  • Do not try to keep victim awake.
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