Prevention of traumatic brain injuries
Many head injuries are preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention have the following safety tips for reducing the risk of suffering
- Wear a seatbelt every time you drive or ride in a car.
- Buckle your child into a child safety seat, booster seat, or seatbelt
(depending on the child's age) every time the child rides in a car.
- Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets when
- riding a bike or motorcycle;
- playing a contact sport such as football or ice hockey;
- using in-line skates or riding a skateboard;
- batting and running bases in baseball or softball;
- riding a horse;
- skiing or snowboarding.
- Keep firearms and bullets stored in a locked cabinet when not in use.
- Avoid falls by
- using a step-stool with a grab bar to reach objects on high shelves;
- installing handrails on stairways;
- installing window guards to keep young children from falling out of
- using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children
- Make sure the surface on your child's playground is made of shock-absorbing
material (e.g., hardwood mulch, sand).
A systematic review of factors contributing to outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury.