ATVs, Falls and Head Injuries—When to go to the ER

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Mike Rady, a registered nurse from Jordan Valley Medical Center – West Valley Campus, is an expert on head injuries and concussions. He spoke with us today about these injuries which see a spike in frequency around this time of the year.

Many people will be on the road this summer heading out for a vacation or day activity, including going outside to ride an off-road vehicle. The risk of injury can increase, so it is important to be able to identify any worrisome symptoms. Head injury and brain trauma symptoms are especially crucial to know about, as this type of injury can be life threatening. 

Head injuries are caused by trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain and can be very dangerous. Concussions are the most common type of head injury and occur when the brain is jarred hard enough to bounce against the skull. A concussion can disrupt the normal functioning of the brain and have long-term effects if left untreated. Other traumatic brain injuries include a contusion, which is a bruise on the brain that causes swelling or a hematoma, and skull fractures. 

Why helmet safety is so important when riding off-road vehicles

Crashes on off-road vehicles do happen and the severity of the injuries from a crash is hard to predict. Helmets that are specifically built for motorcycle use include an outer shell, an impact-absorbing liner, comfort padding, and a sturdy chin strap. All of these components are key to protecting your head during a crash. 

Head injuries that appear to be more serious than a concussion require emergency medical treatment. Warning signs may include:



Loss of consciousness

Distorted facial features

Slurred speech

Severe headache


Inability to move one or more limbs

Low breathing rate

Memory loss

Double or fuzzy vision

If you notice some of these symptoms after a fall or accident, seek medical attention immediately. When it comes to medical services, fast, efficient, and high quality care are crucial in an emergency. Trauma centers provide the technology, equipment, specialized resources and staff to properly handle emergency medical situations.

Jordan Valley Medical Center–West Valley Campus is scheduled to receive a level III trauma center designation next month. 

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