What To Do In An Emergency
Injuries in Schools eTraining Slide 9
In order to minimize the immediate and long-lasting dangers a TBI may have on an individual it is important to know what to do in case of an emergency.
- Call 911
- Check the person’s airway, breathing, and circulation
- Do not move the injured person. Always suspect a spinal injury (if head trauma witnessed or incident was not witnessed), and Do NOT move the person (to prevent further spinal injury).
- Stop any bleeding by firmly pressing a clean cloth on the wound. Be careful not to move the person’s head. If blood soaks through the cloth, do NOT remove it. Place another cloth over the first one.
- If you suspect a skull fracture, do NOT apply direct pressure to the bleeding site, and do NOT remove any debris from the wound. Cover the wound with sterile gauze dressing.