SJA comments on head injuries following sad news of Natasha Richardson's death

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British actor Natasha Richardson has sadly died after suffering a head injury while skiing. St John Ambulance's Medical Adviser, Dr Meng Aw-Yong, has been asked to give advice on what to look out for if someone you know and love hits their head. He shares his knowledge here.

Dr Meng Aw-Yong, Medical Advisor for St John Ambulance, says: ‘Most head injuries are not serious and can be treated with simple painkillers and rest. However if you see symptoms such as worsening headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion or strange behaviour, either immediately or within 48 hours, they should go to hospital straight away for medical advice.

If you see symptoms such as worsening headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion or strange behaviour, either immediately or within 48 hours, they should go to hospital straight away for medical advice.

Dr Meng Aw-Yong
Medical Adviser
'A St John Ambulance course and the first aid manual covers a number of tests for suspected head injuries such as the FAST test for irregularities in the Face, Arms and Speech. If you see those then it’s Time to call 999.

‘If someone hits their head and suffers symptoms several hours after the event it may be caused by a bleed on the brain called an epidural or subdural haematoma. These patients have a good prognosis if diagnosed and treated early. It may also be a bleed within the brain called a subarachnoid haemorrhage which has a variable prognosis depending on the size of the bleed.

‘Our sympathies go to Ms Richardson's family at this sad time.’