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Fainting

 

 

 Know the symptoms and what to do

 Before losing consciousness, the victim may complain of...

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Lightheadedness

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Weakness

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Nausea

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Skin may be pale and clammy

 

 If a person begins to feel faint, he should...

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Lean forward

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Lower head toward knees

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As the head is lowered below the heart, blood will flow to the brain.

 

 What to do if someone becomes unconscious:
 The recovery position

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Keep the victim lying down with head lowered and legs elevated

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Loosen any tight clothing

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Apply cool, damp cloths to face and neck

 

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In most cases, the victim will regain consciousness shortly after being placed in this position.

 

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After the victim regains consciousness, do not let him get up until you have questioned him (Who are you? Where are you? Do you know what day it is?) To be sure he has completely recovered.

 

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Shift patient for medical help if necessary.

 

 

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