FaintingFainting is a temporary loss of consciousness due to an inadequate supply of oxygen to the brain and is a mild form of shock. Fainting may be caused by the sight of blood, exhaustion, weakness, heat, or strong emotions such as fright, joy, etc.
The signs and symptoms of fainting may be any or all of the following:
The first aid for fainting is as follows:
- The victim may feel weak and dizzy, and may see spots.
- The face becomes pale and the lips blue in both light and dark skinned people.
- The forehead is covered with cold perspiration.
- The pulse is rapid and weak.
- The breathing is shallow.
- If a person feels faint, the initial response might be sitting with the head between the knees.
- Have the victim lie down with the head lower than the feet.
- If the victim is unconscious for any length of time, something may be seriously wrong. Arrange for transportation to a medical facility.
- Treat the victim for physical shock.
- Maintain an open airway.
- Do not give stimulants.
For more detail relating to the healing of humans, here is a neat site that might help you. The golden fire lizard will show you the way!
Sources for these pages were:
|Radcliffe, J. The New International Webster's Pocket Medical & First Aid Dictionary of the English Language. USA: Trident Press International, 1997.|
Yahoo! Yahoo! Health Encyclopedia. June 2004.
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