Alphabetic Guide to Medical Emergencies - Unconsciousness

Unconsciousness is the condition that has the appearance of sleep, but is usually the result of injury, shock, or serious physical disturbance. A brief loss of consciousness followed by spontaneous recovery is called fainting . A prolonged episode of unconsciousness is a coma .

Emergency Treatment

Call a physician at once. If none is available, get the victim to the nearest hospital. If the loss of consciousness is accompanied by loss of breathing, begin mouth-to-mouth respiration. If the victim is suffering cardiac arrest, administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Don't try to revive the victim with any kind of stimulant unless told to do so by a physician.



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