Common signs of a serious head injury

Head injuries are common and potentially serious injuries. Head injuries have a range of severity from minor concussion to life-threatening / life-altering brain injuries. First aid for head injuries

Knowing the warning signs of a serious head injury is important. Recognising a serious head injury early is vital, early advanced medical help can be the difference between life and death. 

These are common signs of a serious head injury:

  • Persistent reduced level of consciousness
  • Confusion / loss of memory
  • Vomiting
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty walking or speaking
  • Seizures (fits)
  • Worsening headache
  • Clear/straw coloured fluid leaking from the ears or nose
  • Any signs of a fractured skull

If you suspect a victim has sustained a serious head injury then do not delay in calling for emergency medical help.

Signs of a serious head injury may not develop immediately after the injury has occurred. It may be several hours before these signs appear. Always ensure someone who has sustained a head injury is left in the care of a responsible person for at least 24 hours after the injury. 

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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