…..motorcyclist, do not attempt to remove their helmet. There is a specific way to do this, and unless trained should be left to emergency personnel. Remember not to discount the possibility of other serious injuries being present.
Recovery from both head, brain and spinal trauma may be long-term, with some people never returning to their former level of health. Ongoing treatment is tailored to meet the needs of the individual. It will likely include physical and occupational therapies combined with lifestyle changes for the injured person and their entire family network.
This is also written from a personal perspective, having witnessed the effects of a traumatic brain injury experienced by one of our closest colleagues 8 years ago. the injury occurred after a fall downstairs at a low risk workplace. I add this because there appears to be a perception that this type of injury will not happen in a workplace deemed low risk. Our colleague is living proof to the contrary. His recovery has been slow, but due to the fantastic work and support of Auckland Hospital and then ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Rehabilitation Centre, he is doing well.
Tomorrow we will start our look at Allergies…..
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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