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First Aid - Unconsciousness

Training Time: 13 minutes

People can lose consciousness for many reasons. This course explains some of the most common reasons, explains the importance of calling for qualified medical assistance, and gives tips for providing first aid.

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A person may become unconscious for many reasons, making first aid more complicated.

A person may become unconscious for many reasons, making first aid more complicated.

If a person falls unconscious, always call for qualified medical assistance.

If a person falls unconscious, always call for qualified medical assistance.

Avoid moving an unconscious person unless it’s absolutely necessary, as they may have suffered an injury to the brain, neck, or spine.

Avoid moving an unconscious person unless it’s absolutely necessary, as they may have suffered an injury to the brain, neck, or spine.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain what unconsciousness is
  • List some causes of unconsciousness
  • Explain when to call for emergency medical care if someone is unconscious
  • Describe the process of providing first aid for a person who's unconscious
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First Aid - Unconsciousness FAQs

What is unconsciousness?
Unconsciousness means the lack of consciousness. More directly, this means an unconscious person is not alert, does not respond to outside world, and does not seem “awake.”

Do people who are unconscious breathe, and does their heart still beat?
In some cases, yes, the unconscious person continues to breathe and their heart still operates correctly, circulating blood. In other cases, though, no.

What causes a person to lose consciousness?
A person can lose consciousness for several reasons, including an injury, blood loss, overdoses on drugs and alcohol, heart or respiratory issues, low or high blood sugar, dehydration, and other reasons.

Is it important to call for qualified medical assistance if someone loses consciousness?
Yes, always call for qualified medical assistance in these cases.

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