Helmets do save lives
PROTECTIVE headgear does not really prevent a head injury. But it certainly reduces the severity of the impact on the brain .
A 30-year-old, seeing the message on the advantages of wearing protective headgear in a waiting room near the emergency ward of a hospital, started using a helmet. He sustained a head injury and came back with a fractured helmet. The small bleed in the brain required observation for a few days.
It is almost always the same story for the minority who use helmets. Unfortunately the majority still prefer a severely injured brain to a fractured helmet. They do not realise that head injuries occurring in those wearing helmets are almost never critical.
DR. K. GANAPATHY
The writer is a neurosurgeon and the Secretary, Neurological Society of India
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