What is the first aid treatment for unconsciousness?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The following are first aid treatment guidelines for unconsciousness:
  • Call for medical help.
  • Look for causes of unconsciousness.
  • Monitor responsiveness and breathing.
  • Monitor for seizures.
  • If there is no possibility that the victim has a head or spinal injury, place in recovery position.
  • If low blood sugar is suspected: Check blood sugar level if possible. If below 50 and if victim can swallow, give sugar (soda, fruit juice, honey -- not sugar substitutes). Assist victim with his/her injection of glucagon for treating low blood sugar. Recheck sugar level 15 - 20 minutes after treatment.
  • Stay with the victim until help arrives.
  • Do not give victim anything to eat or drink.
  • Do not move if any sign of trauma -- cuts, bumps, bleeding.
  • Do not leave victim alone.
  • Do not try to wake with water on face or slapping.
  • Do not put pillow under head, the position could block the airway.
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