Concussion management is very complicated and should only be undertaken by those with specialized concussion training.
An untrained person can still assess an injury and assist where possible.
To properly assess a concussion you need a pre-injury baseline test, then a post-injury test to measure any changes. Baseline tests are only being carried out on sports people but will be available free thru Minder Foundation shortly.
Without a test you can only judge by the following symptoms. NOTE: If you suspect the injured person has had a concussion SEEK MEDICAL HELP ASAP. And be certain to mention to the Doctor you suspect a concussion and any head injury history the injured person has.
Concussion is the least severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and has over 40 possible symptoms that are hard to assess, can be as minor as a headache and can take time to be apparent.
Symptoms can last for weeks or even years, the most common are:
Ringing in ears.
Not thinking clearly.
Trouble remembering new information.
Sensitivity to light.
Sensitivity to noise.
Behavior or personality changes.
Feeling sad, nervous, or easily angered.
Sleeping more or less than usual.
If the injured person is showing signs of ANY of these symptoms or you suspect they have had a concussion SEEK MEDICAL HELP ASAP!
Why don’t I remember my concussion?
Concussions can be from seemingly minor incidents. Such as banging your head on a door frame, or falling on your bottom on the floor. The sudden movement/halt transferred to your brain can cause concussion.
The concussion symptoms will hinder the recall by the patient!
Unless these symptoms make the patient very weak and infirm or there are external signs of an injury (bleeding etc) requiring medical assistance, the symptoms thus the concussion can be ignored.
In most cases the patient or their family won’t recall the actual head injury, or no-one other than the patient will be aware of the incident.
Common symptoms of concussion:
Temporary loss of consciousness
Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
Dizziness or “seeing stars”
Ringing in the ears
Minder Foundation are changing the way we can deal with concussions, our free phone app is a one stop shop:
- Education portal with protocol and research updates
- Baseline test
- Concussion test that is shown to be 100% effective
- Individual dashboard to log and track ALL tests and head injuries
- Recall your history 24/7 for emergencies.
- Help eliminate Second-Impact Syndrome (SIS). Which occurs when the brain swells rapidly, and catastrophically, after a person suffers a second concussion before symptoms from an earlier one have subsided. This second blow may occur minutes, days or weeks after an initial concussion. The condition is often fatal, and almost everyone who is not killed is severely disabled.
- Our app is a game changer, being able to update and track head injuries will empower everyone to put their well being first!
No blood, no bruises, no problems is NOT correct!
This is a huge task and we need your help!
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