15_Injuries_to_the_Head_and_Spine

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Unformatted text preview: 15-1Injuries to the Head and SpineLesson 1515-2IntroductionMay be life threatening or cause permanent damageTrauma to head, neck, torso may result in serious injuryInjuries without immediate obvious signs and symptoms may involve potentially life-threatening problemAny head injury may also injure spine 15-3Common Mechanisms of Head and Spinal InjuriesMotor vehicle crashes/pedestrian-vehicle collisionsFallsDivingSkiing and other sports injuriesForceful blunt/penetrating trauma to head, neck, torsoHanging incidents15-4Suspect a Head or Spinal InjuryWith any unresponsive trauma patientWhen wounds or other injuries suggest large forces involvedObserve patient carefully during the initial assessment15-5Head Injuries15-6Injuries to the HeadMay be open or closedBleeding may be profuseClosed injuries may involve swelling/ depression at site of skull fractureBleeding inside skull may occur with any head injury15-7General Signs and SymptomsLump or deformity in head, neck, or backChanging levels of responsivenessDrowsinessConfusionDizzinessUnequal pupils15-8General Signs and Symptoms continuedHeadacheClear fluid from nose or earsStiff neckInability to move any body partTingling, numbness, or lack of feeling in feet or hands15-9Assessing an Unresponsive PatientIf no life-threatening condition perform limited physical examination for other injuriesDo not move patient unless necessaryCheck for serious injuriesStabilize head and neck15-10Assessing an Unresponsive PatientAsk those at scene:What happenedPatients mental status before becoming unresponsive15-11Assessing a Responsive PatientIf nature of injuries suggests potential spinal injury, carefully assess for spinal injury during physical examinationAsk patient not to move more than you ask during the examination15-12Assessing a Responsive PatientAsk:Does your neck or back hurt?What happened?...
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