Fainting is a brief or partial loss of consciousness, which occurs suddenly, causing the casualty to fall to the ground. Recovery is usually rapid.
- Bad news
- Sickness / nausea
- Standing for a long period of time.
- Enclosed rooms.
- Drop in blood pressure.
- Cardiac disorder
Signs and Symptoms leading up to:
- Feeling light headed.
- Pale, cold clammy skin.
- Feeling sick, Nauseous.
- Follow the Basic First Aid Plan to assess the casualty
- Lay the casualty down.
- Elevate the legs.
- Do not allow the casualty to stand until fully recovered.
- If a pregnant woman faints, place her on her left hand side and support her stomach.
If casualty does not recover quickly, consider another diagnosis and treatment and call for an Ambulance.
Brain damage or death can occur if the casualty is left, in an upright position, such as standing or sitting in a chair or vehicle.