Falling on Ice is not Very Nice!

Posted by Annie Pixley

February 3, 2011

Falling on Ice is not Very Nice! 

Okay, this is winter…probably the worst one we’ve had in a very long time!  Record snow and ice have captured the nation’s attention.  Icy conditions can lead to an increase in head injuries from falls.  With that in mind, we need to focus on concussions and head trauma resulting from falling on very hard snow or ice.  Sometimes the injured person doesn’t hit their head directly, but sustains a jarring impact which can cause complications leading to a brain injury.  More often than not, symptoms do not show up immediately.  Blurred vision and headaches may be signs of hemorrhaging, clots or even stroke, and should be attended to right away.  Prompt and proper medical care should be sought immediately, regardless of the outward appearance of the injured person.  Because many head injuries are not easily recognized and/or missed, brain injuries can go undetected and many times can lead to coma and possibly death.

Look for some of these early signs of concussion:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Lack of awareness of surroundings (orientation)
  • Changes in memory and thinking abilities
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting or nausea

These and other persistent symptoms can be found in the tip card Concussion in Adults, and are also included in Concussion in Children.  Both of these tip cards, loaded with valuable information, can be viewed and purchased onine at: http://www.lapublishing.com/traumatic-brain-injury-concussion/tip.

So, if you want to take a walk this winter, walk on the mild side, not the wild side.  Be aware and be safe.

2 responses to “Falling on Ice is not Very Nice!”

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  2. Ginger says:

    Annie, thank you for posting this. I am actually in need of this information as both my nurse and I fell on ice in front of our apartment this week. I blogged about this yesterday. I am on watch for calling doctor but feeling better. I know a woman who fell on ice and had a slow bleed discoverd 8 months later and left her with a severe brain injury. Please be careful people! I know I was trying to be. Full time caregivers don’t have must room to spare for personal injuries to themselves.

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