Sunday, April 29, 2012
IMMEDIATE POST-CONCUSSION INSTRUCTIONS
THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS SHOULD BE OBSERVED FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS:
➡ 1. Contact your healthcare provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
➡ 2. Diet - Drink only clear liquids for the first 8-12 hours and eat reduced amounts of foods
thereafter for the remainder of the first 24 hours.
➡ 3. Pain Medication – Do not take any pain medication except Tylenol. Dosing instructions on the bottle should be followed.
➡ 4. Activity – Activity should be limited within the first 48 hours, this would involve no television,
loud music, physical activities or work when applicable.
➡ 5. Observation – several times during the first 24 hours:
5.1 Check the athlete to be sure that he is easily aroused; that is, responds to being spoken to and when awakened
5.2 Check for and be aware of any significant changes. (See #6 below)
➡ 6. Significant Changes – conditions may change within the next 24 hours. Contact your
healthcare provider or go to the nearest Emergency Room if any of the following occur:
• Persistent vomiting
• Difficulty with arousal (see 5.2 above)
• Clear or bloody drainage from the ear or nose
• Continuing or worsening headache
• Slurred speech
• Can’t recognize people or places – increasing confusion
• Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
• Unusual behavior change – increasing irritability
•Loss of consciousness
➡ 7. Improvement – The best indication that an athlete who has suffered a significant head injury is progressing satisfactorily is that he is alert and behaving normally.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
PRHC: 705-743-2121 Local EMS: 911
Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000