Concussions: Safety Topics - May 2018 - Week 4


Monday - What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of trauma to the brain that is caused by a jolt, blow, or bump that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth. This motion of movement can cause chemical changes in the brain and brain cells.  Although most concussions are not life-threatening, their effects can be serious. Most concussions don’t require any major medical attention or surgery and most doctors will recommend pain medication to treat any pain. You will be told to get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours.

You might have been told that if someone is suffering from a concussion it’s important to keep them away for at least 24 hours after receiving head trauma; however, that is not necessary. You should, however, wake the person every few hours to see if they respond and to make sure their condition is not worsening. If the condition worsens, seek medical care immediately.

Remember, if at any point you feel a serious injury has occurred, seek medical attention.
Tuesday - Signs of Concussions and Brain Trauma

  • Swelling at the site of injury
  • Severe headaches or vomiting
  • Convulsions
  • Confusion, change in consciousness, or unusual behavior    
  • Stiff neck
  • Low breathing rate and increasing tiredness 
  • Fluid draining from mouth, ears, or nose
  • Loss of limb functionality

Most of these signs and symptoms show up after the injury; however, if any of these symptoms continue or worsen, you should seek medical care right away.

Wednesday - Tips for Avoiding Concussions in Everyday Life

  • Always wear a helmet or safety cap when playing sports are engaging in an activity that has potential to cause a head injury.
  • Always where your seat belt when operating or riding on a motorized vehicle.
  • Always make sure children are fitted to the age appropriated car seats and the seats have been installed into the vehicle properly.
  • Take caution when participating in sports that involve head-to-head contact.
  • Be aware of your surroundings! What are the hazards in this work area and what PPE is needed to complete this task?

Thursday - Heads Up Action Plan

  • Always seek your manager’s assistance and report all hazard and near misses immediately.
  • If an injury occurs, immediately ensure first aid care is provided, complete a hazard investigation form, and notify your manager.
  • If an accident becomes a medical aid, restricted work, or lost time injury, call emergency care to transport worker to a medical site and make sure to call management to help transport and accompany employee to the medical treatment facility. Remember to complete the incident investigation report form.
  • Always seek supervisory advice if you are unsure of an incident.
  • For concussion training, most First Aid programs train you on how to administer medical attention until emergency help arrives.

Friday - Free Speech Friday

Have you ever suffered from a concussion? How did you receive the injury? What were your symptoms and how long did they last? What would be your advice to help others from receiving similar injuries in the future? Has there been a lasting impact on how you function since sustaining those injuries? Do you have headaches, loss of eye sight, or any other ailment that affect you today? 

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