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THE DISABLED - PREVENTABLE BRAIN INJURIES - TAKING RISKS

V. Ryan 2011

 

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Our brain is the most important organ in our bodies. It controls the way we see the outside world, and how we behave. It controls the way we communicate with others and the way we move. It is difficult to think of anything we do that is not controlled by our brain.

The effects of brain injury can vary from one person to another. At worst, a brain injury will kill. Survivors of this type of severe injury may not be able to communicate, walk or take care of themselves. Most brain injuries have long term effects and require special nursing.

 
 
 
Many brain injuries occur because of our own carelessness (or that of others) or through preventable accidents. For example, a motorcyclist could have an accident resulting in brain injury. This may be due to riding recklessly or being ‘hit’ by another road user.
 
1. Describe two ways in which a person could receive a brain injury, whilst at work. The key words / phrases below may help you answer this question
 
LADDERS - HIGH BUILDINGS (BUILDING SITES) - MINING / QUARRY - ELECTROCUTION
 
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2. Choose one of the accidents you described above. How could ‘Health and Safety’ (being careful) help prevent the accident. For example, a motorcyclist should wear a good helmet and ride at responsible speeds, not taking any unnecessary risks.
 
 
 
 
 
3. What do you think is brain injury rehabilitation?
 
 
 
4. Some people receive life changing brain injuries, because they were under the influence of alcohol (taking risks, acting stupid, trying to impress others?) when their accident occurred. Describe how this could happen.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
   

 

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