Management of a patient with a head injury or neurological illness depends on careful and ongoing assessment of the patient’s general neurological function.
The first observations conducted pre-hospital provide the basis for monitoring changes in condition throughout the patient’s care in hospital.
Document all findings including important negative findings, for example:
Specific observations that could be helpful:
At the completion of this survey, ensure assessment has not aggravated injuries. Ensure all abnormalities have been treated (i.e. dressings, splints etc.)
Keep rechecking any injuries that were found and rectified.