Maybe a head and neck injury?
Accidents happen so quickly. We all do the best we can to PREVENT accidents by removing dangerous items, keeping a close watch on little children, to name a few. A head and neck injury is one of the scariest. What a fragile part of the body! Next, the best thing we can do is be ready to RESPOND to accidents, should they occur – and that means get TRAINED.
Head and neck injuries can come from accidents that occur from trips, falls, fainting, and collisions.
How might you know there is a head and neck injury?
The American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) states, “When the body suffers a significant force, such as from a high fall, shooting, or motor vehicle crash, serious injury can result, most notably to the spine. Injury to the spinal cord can result in temporary or permanent paralysis or in a life-threatening condition, such as the loss of breathing.
“After the initial injury, movement of damaged spinal bones can result in additional injury to the spinal cord or surrounding tissue. Quickly instruct a responsive person to remain still.
“The lack of obvious injury does not mean that the spine is not injured. If a significant mechanism of injury occurred, it is best to assume a spinal injury exists.”
If in Doubt, Call Them Out – 911 is there for you
In the 15 years I’ve taught Babysitting CPR Classes for youth (11+) – and Adult CPR and First Aid classes, as well – I always urge students, regarding 911, “If in Doubt, Call Them Out“. Very importantly, I remind students that the dispatchers who answer the call are also highly trained and can begin immediate direction, support, and help you calm down. Priceless.
Parents, family, friends, babysitters – stay safe, be careful of head and neck injuries and, yes, get trained! Best wishes!
Jean Lesmeister, CPR/First Aid Instructor
American Safety and Health Institute Training Center, Denver, CO