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Skull fracture

  • Alternative Names

    Basilar skull fracture; Depressed skull fracture; Linear skull fracture


    Prevention

    1. Use car seats or seat belts whenever in a motor vehicle.

    2. Use helmets whenever biking, skating, skiing, climbing, or playing contact sports.

    3. Use equipment designed specifically for the type of sport or recreation in which you are participating.

    4. Provide appropriate supervision for children of any age.

    5. Do not allow children to bike or skate at night.

    6. Provide and wear highly visible clothing.

    7. Teach children to obey traffic rules and signals.

    8. Educate individuals about risks of various work, recreational, or sport activities and how to avoid injury.

    9. Report any concerns you might have about abuse.


    References

    Biros MH, Heegaard WE. Head injury. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 38.

    Leveque JC. Hoff JT. Neurosurgery. In: Greenfield LJ, Mulholland MW, Oldham KT, Zelenock GB, Lillemoe KD, eds. Greenfield's Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005:chap 114.