Head Injuries and Concussions

In the event of head injuries and concussions, First Aid Winnipeg teaches workplace approved CPR and AED training courses to prepare individuals for such cases. The material posted on this page is covered in more detail and with hands on training in almost any workplace approved first aid and CPR course. Enrol into After immediately contacting EMS, be sure to limit the victim’s head and spinal movements as additional movement may increase the damage already caused. If the person is sporting a helmet, do not remove it unless their life requires you to do so. If the scenario requires you to immediately move the person then you must stabilize the head and neck as much as possible by using whatever materials and people you may obtain. If the victim is lying down, sitting or standing then you must stabilize them as much as possible (using two hands on their head). If you need to check for breathing, you do not have to roll the person onto their back as you can observe them instead: a cry of pain, chest movement or hearing them breath is an indication that they are indeed breathing. If the victim vomits then carefully roll them onto a side to maintain a clear airway.

A concussion results from a blow to the head that shakes the brain inside the skull that is temporary but ranges from mild to serious. They are often attributed to a single forceful movement of the head, several repeated blows to the head or a violent blow to the lower jaw. These may be caused by shaking, explosion, blunt force or a motor vehicle collision. If one experiences a head injury or concussion, be sure to immediately seek professional medical aid as they can properly diagnose the situation. Individuals may think that they can merely ‘walk it off’ but doing so may mean the brain may be slowly bleeding and causing irreversible tissue damage. To prepare yourself for such an event, register your workplace approved CPR and AED training course at First Aid Winnipeg.