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Head Injuries




Most parents and carers are understandably worried if a child suffers an injury to the head. However, they can be reassured that minor injuries to the head are common in childhood, and that the overwhelming majority are not serious. The problem is to know how to recognise the more serious head injuries from among the everyday events that have no significant consequences. This chapter provides guidance to parents and carers in evaluating head injuries and deciding when to seek medical assistance. The chapter discusses head injuries, and pays special attention to the topics of serious head injuries and concussion, and their immediate and ongoing management.


Contents include

  • Potentially serious head injuries
  • Concussion
  • Management
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Paediatrics
Gerry has many years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the Emergency Department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a Clinical Nurse Educator. Gerry currently works part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne and runs her own business in paediatric health education. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who attend her lectures. Gerry is also the author of the highly successful Ausmed book entitled ‘Care of Sick Children: A Basic Guide’.

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