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Clinical Evaluation of Head Injuries-On-the-Field Evaluation

The initial on-the-field evaluation is directed toward assessing the levels of consciousness and of associated injuries, particularly cervical spine trauma. The medical personnel must first assess the patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation (i.e., ABCs).

If the patient is unconscious, the initial respondent must assume that an associated cervical spine injury has occurred, and the neck […]

Unconsciousness

Whether or not the injured person is unconscious at the time of examination, head injuries should always be regarded as potentially serious because grave complications can ensue.

Measures at the scene of injury It is important to note that head injuries are associated with a high incidence of cervical spine injuries.Therefore all maneuvers must protect […]

Head injuries

Head injuries Head injuries occur in most sports, particularly in contact sports and in riders, downhill skiers, and boxers. There is also a risk of injury when heading a soccer ball, especially if faulty technique is used. A kicked ball in flight can reach a speed of 100 km/h (60 mph) and weigh about 450 […]