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What is the first aid treatment for fainting?
How would you react if someone fainted? Would you panic, or would you start treating the casualty?
In this blog, we will be defining what you should do when a victim faints and what you can do to avoid fainting.
What is fainting?
Fainting is when someone briefly becomes unresponsive because there is not enough blood flowing to the brain. People often faint due to pain, exhaustion, hunger, or emotional stress.
What are the signs and symptoms of fainting?
Below are the signs and symptoms to look for when someone faints:
- a brief period of unresponsiveness, often causing them to fall to the ground
- slow pulse
- pale, cold skin
What are the five steps to do when someone faints?
- Ask them to lie down.
- Check for other injuries. Look for head injuries and other wounds when they hurt themselves from falling. Treat as appropriate.
- Kneel next to them and raise their legs, supporting their ankles on your shoulders to help blood flow back to the brain.
- Make sure that they have plenty of fresh air. Ask other people to move away and if you’re inside, ask someone to open a window.
- Reassure the casualty and help them to sit up slowly.
- If they begin to feel faint again, lie them down again.
- If they stay unresponsive, open their airway, check their breathing and prepare to treat someone unresponsive.
What causes fainting?
Reasons why someone might faint due to the following:
- Standing up too quickly - could be a sign of low blood pressure
- Not eating or drinking enough
- Being too hot
- Being angry, very upset or in severe pain
- Heart problems
- Taking drugs or drinking too much alcohol.
What can you do to avoid fainting?
If you know you tend to faint at certain times (such as when you get a shot or have blood drawn), it may help to:
- Sit with your head between your knees or lie down if you feel faint or have warning signs such as feeling dizzy, weak, warm, or sick to your stomach.
- Drink plenty of fluids, so you don't get dehydrated.
- Stand up slowly.
What is the treatment for fainting?
- Loosen any tight clothing.
- Lie the victim down on the floor before they fall.
- Raise their legs (raises blood pressure by easing the flow of blood from the major vessels in the lower legs to the heart).
- The victim may be quick to recover. However, let them stay lying down until they feel they can sit up slowly. If they still feel faint, lie them back down.
- Ask the victim if this is their first faint ( fainting is rare). If, however, they are having repeated episodes of fainting, advise a visit to GP.
Where can I find first aid treatment for fainting training courses and qualifications?
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