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First aid for loss of consciousness

The most common causes of loss of consciousness – fainting and traumatic brain injury.

FROZEN – a sudden short-term loss of consciousness caused by insufficient supply of blood to the brain. Om can occur even in physically strong and balanced people weakened by intoxication, malnutrition, lack of sleep, overwork. Sometimes the cause of fainting can be prolonged stationary standing or abrupt transition to a vertical position after staying in bed for several days. In some cases, loss of consciousness is caused by a lack of oxygen in the inhaled air (for example, in high altitude conditions). Fainting can cause severe pain, emotional stress (conflict, the type of blood), the use of vasodilator drugs.

Unconscious state is usually preceded by a sharp deterioration of health: weakness increases, nausea, dizziness, noise or ringing in the ears appear. Then the person turns pale, begins to yawn, becomes covered with cold sweat and suddenly loses consciousness. The pupils are dilated, their reaction to light is slowed down, the pulse is weak, breathing is increased, the muscles are relaxed. Consciousness usually recovers quickly.

First aid should be aimed at improving the blood supply to the brain and ensuring free breathing. Unbutton the collar of the victim, free your chest and stomach from their clothes. If the victim is in a stuffy, poorly ventilated room, open a window, turn on the fan, or carry the unconscious into the air. Lay the person so that the legs are raised. Wipe the face and neck with cool water. Pat on the cheeks and. if possible, let the victim smell the cotton wool dipped in ammonia, rub the whiskey with vinegar.

BRAIN CONCUSSION. Its symptoms are dizziness, headache, nausea, single or repeated vomiting, impaired memory, and sometimes loss of consciousness that occurs after a skull injury.

When unconsciousness is lost, there is always the danger of a fall of the tongue or getting into the airways of vomit. Therefore, providing first aid, it is necessary first of all to ensure the airway is passable. For this victim, lying on his back, turn on his side. First bend his right leg at the knee, leading the foot to the buttock; put your right hand along the body so that the brush is located under the gluteal region. Then, gently turn the victim to the left arm and thigh on the side along the axis of the body, lay his head on the back surface of the left hand, free his right arm from under the rear.

In this position, the supply of the brain with blood and, consequently, with oxygen is improved, the tongue does not sink and the mucus, blood, and stomach contents do not flow into the respiratory tract. The victim regains consciousness faster. To avoid hypothermia, cover it with outer clothing or a blanket.

If a person does not regain consciousness for more than 30 minutes, one may suspect a severe head injury – a brain contusion. In this case, an urgent need to call a doctor and deliver the victim to the hospital….

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