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Dementia in Head Injury (cont.)

Prevention

Head injury and its resulting complications, such as dementia, are highly preventable.

  • Use of protective gear in contact sports, seat belts and bicycle and motorcycle helmets aboard conveyances, and hard hats and safety equipment at work prevent head injuries.

  • For elderly persons, altering the surroundings to lower the risk of falls is important.

  • Protecting children from child abuse helps prevent head injuries.

A person who has experienced a head injury is at risk for further head injuries. Lower the danger by being aware of risk factors.

  • Avoiding substance abuse makes further injury less likely.

  • Some patients with head injury have suicidal thoughts. These people require immediate medical attention. In many cases, suicide can be prevented with treatment of depression, counseling, and other therapy.

  • Athletes should not return to play until they have been cleared by their health care provider.

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