SJA comments on head injuries following sad news of Natasha
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
'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
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