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Unconsciousness – First Aid

Unconsciousness – first aid – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000022.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some questions to ask if a person seems confused after being unconscious?
  • What are four things you should NEVER do with an unconscious person?
  • Why is breathing an issue with an unconscious person?
  • How is unconsciousness different from sleep?


This is a first aid guide from the MedlinePlus encyclopedia on what to do with people who have experienced a period of unconscious. According to the article, emergency services should be called in the following situations:

  • Does not return to consciousness quickly (within a minute)
  • Has fallen down or been injured, especially if bleeding
  • Has diabetes
  • Has seizures
  • Has lost bowel or bladder control
  • Is not breathing
  • Is pregnant
  • Is over age 50

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