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Fainting

Fainting

This is a short-time loss of consciousness due to a temporary insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain.

This is a short-time loss of consciousness due to a temporary insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain. The common reason for fainting is a sudden drop in blood pressure, which slows blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

 

COMMON CAUSES OF FAINTING ARE:

•             Heat

•             Pain 

•             Distress

•             The sight of blood or anxiety and hyperventilating

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Brief periods where the person seems unresponsive; are often followed by a fall to the ground.
  • Slow pulse
  • Pale, cold skin
  • Sweating.

 

First Aid for Fainting

  • Check for signs of other injuries like bleeding, etc., and treat appropriately.
  • Ensure the environment is safe for the individual and ensure all harmful objects are removed.
  • Lay the person on their back, flat.
  • Raise their legs to improve blood flow to their brain.
  • Ensure the area is well-ventilated.

Once alert, reassure the casualty and assist them to stand up slowly. 

 

NOTE: If fainting occurs frequently, there is an urgent need for a medical investigation to check for underlying causes.

 

For more inquiries, kindly join us today by signing up to be trained as a First Responder @www.tcerapp.org 

You can also access simple First Aid tips on the TCERA app, available on the Loveworld Appstore, Google play store, and Apple Appstore.

 

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