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What is proper first aid for a head injury?

If you are in a situation in New Mexico where someone has suffered a head injury, it is important that you know what to do. Head injures can be severe if the brain has been injured as well. You may not immediately know if the injury has impacted the brain, so you should treat any head injury as a brain injury.

MedlinePlus explains some actions you should take to help stabilize the person and help prevent further injury to the head and brain. You should always check to see if the person is breathing and administer CPR if they are not and you know how to do it. You should also try to stop any bleeding if there is not a skull fracture by placing a cloth on the wound and applying pressure. If the person is vomiting, you can roll him or her slightly to the side to prevent choking, but otherwise, do not move the person.

In addition, if something has gone into the skull, such as a stick, do not try to remove it. If the person is wearing a helmet, then just leave that on as well. You should try to stabilize the head so it is not moved by the injured person or anyone else.

Some injuries are not immediately apparent. You may suffer a head injury and think it is minor. Any time a head injury occurs, though, you should be aware of signs that something more serious is wrong. These signs include uneven pupils, multiple instances of vomiting, sleepiness, trouble moving parts of the body and a severe headache. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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