Fainting is usually caused by a reduction in oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and can be described as a brief loss of consciousness. People often faint due to lack of food, exhaustion, dehydration, standing still for a long period of time, pain or emotional stress.
Possible Signs and Symptoms:
- A brief loss of consciousness, leading them to fall to the ground
- Feeling sick
What to do?
- Lay the casualty flat on the floor with their legs raised and supported. This position will help to improve blood flow back to the brain.
- Ask other people to move away to avoid overcrowding and stress.
- Reassure the casualty.
- If the casualty remains unresponsive and they have not recovered after 2 minutes, then you should place them in the recovery position, monitoring their breathing and ensuring you have called 999/112 for an ambulance.
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