What is the First Aid for an Unconscious Casualty?

If you see someone collapse and become unconscious, would you know what to do? Dealing with an unconscious person can be frightening, as they may require immediate life-saving treatment.

In this blog, we will be defining what first aid is required for an unconscious casualty.

Why should unconscious casualties be prioritised?

Unconsciousness can be defined as ‘an interruption in the normal activity of the brain’. Unlike sleep, unconsciousness can disable the body’s natural reflexes such as coughing or gagging.

If someone is unconscious and laying on their back, the airway can become blocked by the:

  • Tongue touching the back of the throat; OR
  • Vomit if the casualty is sick.

For this reason, unconscious casualties take priority and need urgent help.

Placing a casualty in the recovery position protects the airway from both of these dangers. The tongue will not fall backwards and vomit will run out of the mouth.

What are the causes of unconsciousness?

The causes of unconsciousness can be remembered by using the acronym ‘FISH SHAPED’.

  • F - Fainting
  • I - Imbalance of heat
  • S - Shock
  • H - Head injury
  • S - Stroke
  • H - Heart attack
  • A - Asphyxia
  • P - Poisoning
  • E - Epilepsy
  • D - Diabetes

What are the levels of response?

To measure a casualty’s conscious level, we can use a scale of consciousness called the ‘ACVPU’ scale. Here is a simple version of the ACVPU scale that can be used to quickly assess the level of consciousness:

  • A - Alert - The casualty is fully alert.
  • C - Confusion - The casualty can answer simple questions but is confused or disorientated.
  • V - Voice - The casualty responds to your voice.
  • P - Pain - The casualty responds to pain.
  • U - Unresponsive - The casualty is unresponsive to pain and speech stimuli.

Where can I find first aid training courses for unconscious casualty?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

Alternatively, you can contact our helpful Support Team byclicking hereto tell us your statutory and mandatory training requirements for domiciliary care.

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