Concussions & Head Trauma

Concussions & When to Seek Emergency Services

Concussions, also known as mild TBIs, are head injuries that vary in severity. It’s important to assess and monitor concussions closely to know when to call 911 or go to the emergency room. With any head injury, we encourage patients to seek the proper medical attention.

After a potential concussion, call 911 or visit your closest emergency room if the injured experiences any of the following symptoms.

  • A consistent and worsening headache
  • Ongoing nausea or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Dilated pupils
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Numbness and/or weakness in the extremities
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness, even if brief

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A blow or jolt to, or penetration of, the head can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These include skull fractures and bleeding in the brain from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, extradural hematoma, or subdural hematoma. If you witness or experience a traumatic head injury, call 911 immediately.

CHI St. Luke’s Health offers portable CT scanning services, allowing our team to perform head CT scans at the patient's bedside without interruption or removing the patient from the ICU. We also employ Licox® Brain Tissue Oxygenation monitoring to detect early changes in brain oxygen in brain injury patients.