A concussion is head trauma where you don’t clearly remember the hit or the surrounding time of the incident. Any head trauma should be considered severe and needs to be seen by an M.D. and monitored closely with supervision for several days. It is a common head injury and results from a blow to the head that is hard enough to jostle the brain and make the brain hit against the skull. When a person receives a blow to the head, it is not always possible to determine the extent of the injury without examination. It is important that you follow these instructions.
1. Immediately see the doctor.
2. Arouse the patient every two to three hours of the first 24 hours if asleep and ask them:
What is your name?
Where you are?
Can they identify you by name?
3. If you cannot awaken the patient or if they cannot answer your questions, take them immediately to the hospital–do not wait or ignore any symptom whatsoever.
4. Check the pupils of both eyes to make sure they are the same size. Do they react to light by constricting the pupils (make pupils smaller)?
5. Do not take anything stronger than acetaminophen (Tylenol) for a headache. Do not take sleeping pills, tranquilizers or narcotics because they may mask the signs and
symptoms of a more serious head injury. No aspirin or Ibuprofen for ten days.
6. Relax for 48-72 hours, then and only then if you feel well, slowly resume your normal activities.
7. Give only clear liquids for the first 12 – 24 hours. Occasional vomiting is common following a head injury. No caffeine, coffee, or tea
8. All head injuries should be seen and followed up by a physician in 1-2 days, sooner if necessary. Go to the hospital or return immediately to Doctors Medical Center if you experience:
* A persistent or worsening or pulsatile headache
* Vomiting or severe nausea
* Blurred vision or unequal pupil size
* Any change in personality or attitude
* Abnormal eye movements
* Staggering or walking into things
* Difficulty in waking the patient
* Inability to answer simply questions
* Balance or in coordination *Any other unusual signs or symptoms. Nothing is too insignificant to be re-evaluated now.
John Drew Laurusonis
Doctors Medical Center
Dr. Laurusonis was conferred his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1983 and has been actively taking care of patients since completing his Internal Medicine residency in 1987 in the Garden State of New Jersey. Dr. Laurusonis has been licensed in four states but ultimately chose to permanently relocate to Georgia with his family and begin a private practice. Through his extensive experience in Internal Medicine, as well as in Emergency Rooms throughout the United States, Dr. Laurusonis saw how traditional Emergency Rooms were often overwhelmed by patients suffering medical conditions that were urgent but may not need the traditional “Level I Trauma Center”. Patients often waited six to twelve hours to be seen by a physician, were riddled with thousands of dollars in medical bills, and were generally unhappy with the system.
Dr. Laurusonis decided to open an Urgent Care Center instead of a 9-5 doctor’s office. Through the last fifteen years he has received accolades from the community and his patients. He has expanded his practice to include many cosmetic therapies that have previously been treated with painful and extensive plastic surgery. He has been invited to the White House numerous times, has been named Physician of the Year, as seen in the Wall Street Journal, and has served as Honorary Co-Chairman on the Congressional Physicians Advisory Board
Dr. Laurusonis and his practice, Doctors Medical Center, is open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm offering such services as lab, x-ray, EKGs, aesthetics (Botox, dermabrasion, sclerotheraby and veins etc.), cold/flu, sore throats, fractures, sprains, lacerations, GYN, Pediatrics, Anxiety/Insomnia/Depression Treatment, skin tag/mole removal, veins, allergies, asthma, physicals–just to name a few. Dr. Laurusonis welcomes you to either make an appointment or just walk-in to see him. Dr. Laurusonis will take the time to speak with you about your concerns–no problem is too big or too small. If you need additional services we have specialist referrals available or we can refer you to the neighborhood hospital emergency room. Give Doctors Medical Center a call–Dr. Laurusonis will be happy to speak with you.
John Drew Laurusonis, MD
Doctors Medical Center
3455 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096
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