Head injuries can be either closed or open (penetrating)
107 out of 100,000 people sustain a traumatic brain injury in their lives
Males are more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury than females
Head injuries involve trauma to the scalp, skull or brain – often from sports, falls or traffic accidents. Severity can range from a minor bump to a concussion or skull fracture. Slurred speech, confusion, headaches, fluid from the nose or ears, or bleeding are signs of a more severe injury.
Seek medical assistance immediately for injuries that cause loss of consciousness or severe bleeding.
Most head injuries are minor and do not require specialised attention or hospitalisation. For these cuts and lacerations that cause bleeding, wrap an absorbent and sterile combine dressing around the injury to apply pressure to the wound and minimise blood loss.
Watch the video to learn how to apply a large dressing.