ConcussionIn itself, concussion is not a serious injury as the casualty will recover when the disturbance caused by the impact stops. However, because concussion often accompanies violent head movement, there is always the possibility of a skull fracture or more serious, longer-term brain injury, such as compression. It is important therefore that even a seemingly recovered casualty with concussion should seek medical treatment.
How to treat concussion
Compression is a very serious injury that occurs when pressure is exerted on the brain, either by a piece of bone, bleeding or swelling of the injured brain. It may develop immediately after a head injury or stroke, or some hours or even days later.
Signs and symptoms of compression
How to treatcompression
If some or all of these symptoms are present, suspect compression and carry out the following treatment.
WarningDo not give anything to eat or drink - the casualty may need a general anaesthetic in hospital.
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