St. Camillus informs readers how to identify, treat concussions

Walsh and Williams emphasized that following a concussion, adults may experience difficulty returning to work. Common complaints include difficulty paying and sustaining attention; completing tasks; organizing thoughts, ideas, space, belongings and time and prioritizing.

Children, they said, can experience similar difficulties at school. A child may tire easily, have difficulty remembering and recalling information and paying attention in class.

"These difficulties should not be ignored," both Walsh and Williams said. "The doctor should be aware so that referrals for evaluations can be made as appropriate."

St. Camillus is a not-for-profit healthcare facility featuring comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services including subacute and brain injury rehabilitation programs. Its Inpatient Brain Injury Program is one of the only state accredited inpatient Traumatic Brain Injury units in Central New York. The Outpatient Brain Injury Program is a continuation of those services, focused on helping brain injury survivors achieve their maximum potential to return to independent living.

Bicycle facts

Medical research shows that 85 percent of bicyclists' head injuries can be prevented by wearing a bicycle helmet. Wearing a helmet correctly is vitally important to the ability of the helmet to work effectively in preventing injuries.

Buy a helmet that meets the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation.

To ensure a proper fit: Tighten the chin strap to keep the helmet from slipping forward or backward; only two fingers should fit under the chin strap; place the helmet directly over the forehead.

Facts on falls -- children

Brain injury is one of the top 10 diagnoses in emergency departments for playground-related injuries. Since more than 60 percent of all playground injuries are caused by falls to the ground, protective surfacing under and around all equipment can reduce the risk of serious head injury.

Make sure surfaces around playground equipment have at least 12 inches of wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel or mats made of safety-tested rubber or rubber-like materials.

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