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:
• 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
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.
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