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What to do when someone faints

It may happen at one point: a friend, family member or unknown person faints in front of you. The first thing people do, is panic. That’s the worst thing you can do. What you should do to provide the best care possible, is the following list I’m about to share.

The symptoms that someone might faint are:

  • Feeling nauseous.
  • Yawning frequently.
  • Feelings of restless.
  • Complaints of feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
  • The skin looks pale, feels cool and may be clammy or sweaty.
  • Complaining of tightness in the chest.
  • Having palpitations.
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If you or someone you’re with feels they’re about to faint, immediately squat, sit, or lie down. When sitting, place the head between the knees. All of these positions help the blood to flow easily to the brain because the heart no longer works against gravity.

  • If you see someone faint/pass out, lie that person on their back and make sure they’re breathing. If possible, raise the person’s legs above heart level to promote blood flow to the brain.
  • Loosen any tight clothing, such as collars or belts.
  • Start CPR if the person isn’t breathing. Have someone call the emergency number.
  • Continue CPR until help arrives.
  • When the person regains consciousness, let them rest instead of immediately sitting or standing up.
  • If they have diabetes and have skipped a meal, give them a hard candy or sweet to help raise their blood sugar.
  • Make sure that the person who passed out isn’t jerking or has unusual muscle spasms, as this may indicate fitting.

With pranks, in films or series, they always make a comedy out of someone who faints, doing things one should never do when someone faints in real life. The things not to do include:

  •  Slap someone who has fainted.
  •  Shake someone who has fainted.
  •  Throw water on them.
  •  Shout at them.
  •  Attempt to move them.
  •  Place a pillow under their head.
  •  Make them sit or stand up.

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