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Traumatic Brain Injury: PRIMARY PREVENTION OF TBI


2010-11-10

DOD Brain Injury Center - November, 2010 In many cases, TBI can be preventable. The following are tips for minimizing the risk of sustaining a TBI both on the battlefield and at home.

Prevention in a combat setting:

  • Wear helmet or other appropriate head gear when on patrol or in other high risk areas
  • Wear safety belts when traveling in vehicles
  • Check for obstacles and loose debris before climbing/rappelling down buildings or other structures
  • Inspect weapons prior to use
  • Verify target and consider potential for ricochet prior to firing weapon
  • Maintain clean and orderly work environments that are free of foreign object debris
  • Be aware of what is on the ground around you at all times when aircraft rotors are turning
  • Use care when walking on wet, oily or sandy surfaces
  • Employ the buddy system when climbing ladders, working at heights

Prevention at home:

  • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle
  • Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Always buckle your child into a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt (depending on the child's height, weight, and age) in the car
  • Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets when:
  • Riding a bike, motorcycle, snow mobile, or all-terrain vehicle
  • Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing
  • Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard
  • Batting and running bases in baseball or softball
  • Riding a horse
  • Skiing or snowboarding

Avoid falls in the home 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 open windows
  • Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around
  • Maintaining a regular exercise program to improve strength, balance, and coordination
  • Removing tripping hazards, using non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors, and putting grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower
  • Make sure the surface on your child's playground is made of shock-absorbing material (e.g., hardwood mulch, sand)
  • Keep firearms stored unloaded in a locked cabinet or safe. Store bullets in a separate secure location

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

US Army Combat Readiness (USACR) Safety Center

The USACR Safety Center supports our Army by collecting, analyzing and disseminating actionable information to assist Leaders, Soldiers, Families and Civilians in preserving/protecting our Army's combat resources.









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