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Cerebral Compression


This is a very serious condition in which pressure rises within the skull due to either tearing of brain tissue or a blood clot. It can lead to rapid death due to distortion of the centres which control breathing & circulation. Compression can follow concussion & may develop up to 48 hours after apparent recovery.

  • Breathing becomes noisy.
  • Body temperature may rise with face flushed but dry.
  • Pulse is full & bounding but slow.
  • Pupils may be different sizes.
  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body.
  • As compression increases the degree of responsiveness decreases.
  • Worsening headache, vomiting, increased drowsiness, confusion, visual disturbances, relapse into unconsciousness.

If unconscious, turn on to side with the injured side downwards. If conscious, arrange urgent transport to hospital.

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Please seek advice from a qualified medical practitioner or first aider before implementing it.

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