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Don’t under-estimate head injuries, warns Canary emergency service 

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Emergency medics have issued an alert about head injury cases, urging people first on the scene to watch out for potential danger signs.

When someone hits their head or has something impact with it, not becoming unconscious does not mean they are out of danger, the Canary Emergency Service has stressed.

“It’s very important to monitor alarm signs in a person who has suffered cranioencephalic trauma that has not caused immediate loss of consciousness, and especially If it is a child, in order to avoid subsequent complications and act as quickly as possible,” said a spokesman in the service’s latest health campaign bulletin.

For SUC professionals, the main signs of alarm after a blow to the head are the alteration of consciousness, drowsiness or tendency to sleep, nausea and/or vomiting, and bleeding or loss of blood through the ears or nose. Any of them indicates that the severity of the cranioence-phalic traumatism is greater than initially thought.

In addition, these symptoms may be accompanied by others such as severe heada-che, bruises around the eyes or ears, and alteration in the size or symmetry of the pupils, either too large or small or with different sizes.

If any of these symptoms appear, the SUC recommends calling 112 immediately where a coordinating physician of the emergency service will indicate the first aid that must be given until the arrival of the specialised healthcare.

To prevent the situation from getting worse, it is vitally important not to move the injured person.

“The person next to the injured party must verify whether they are alert and conscious, if they breathe correctly and check the presence of the pulse. This should be communicated immediately to the coordinating doctor in case it is necessary to take some additional measure,” says the SUC.