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Head Injury (cont.)

Head Injury Prevention

  • Falls are the number one cause of head injuries. Some, like toddlers falling when learning to walk, are unavoidable. Others may be preventable, especially in the elderly. Opportunities exist to minimize the risk of falling at home with the use of proper floor coverings, the use of assist devices such as canes and walkers, and by evaluating homes for high risk areas like bathrooms and stairs. A primary care health care practitioner or a county health nurse may be able to help with home assessment.
  • Routine use of helmets may decrease head injury while riding a bicycle or motorcycle. Their use is also encouraged for sporting activities like skateboarding, skiing, and snowboarding.
  • Head injuries are a major consequence of motor vehicle crashes. Lives can be saved by wearing seatbelts, driving cars with air bags, and by avoiding risky driving behavior (drinking and driving, texting while driving).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/4/2014

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