Spot­ting a brain in­jury

Cheshire Life - - True Inspiratio­n - More in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.nhs.uk/con­di­tions/ se­vere-head-in­jury.

Symp­toms of a se­vere head in­jury can in­clude the fol­low­ing. If you or some­one you know ex­pe­ri­ences any of these symp­toms dial 999 im­me­di­ately.

• Un­con­scious­ness – a per­son may col­lapse or be­come un­re­spon­sive, even for a brief pe­riod of time.

• Con­cus­sion – a sud­den but short-lived loss of men­tal func­tion af­ter a blow or an­other in­jury to the head. • Fits or seizures

• Dif­fi­culty speak­ing or stay­ing awake

• Prob­lems with the senses – hear­ing loss, dou­ble vi­sion • Re­peated episodes of vom­it­ing

• Blood/clear fluid com­ing from the ears or nose

• Mem­ory loss

• Sud­den swelling or bruis­ing around both eyes or be­hind the ear

• Dif­fi­culty walk­ing or with co­or­di­na­tion

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