Most think unconsciousness is something that is caused by a specific thing, for example hitting your head. In fact, it’s a lot easier to become unconscious than you’d think!

The brain works with electricity and hormones. If there is an imbalance of these at any point, you may become unconscious. Think of it as the brains ‘flight’ response, with adrenaline being the ‘fight’ response.


How would you recognise someone who is unconscious?

We would need to carry out a Primary Survey to eliminate any life threatening issues as quickly as possible. More information about the Primary Survey is here.


How would I manage someone who is unconscious?

A key method of management within the First Aid setting is body positioning. Positioning of the body makes a massive difference when it comes to drainage, pressure within different areas and increasing or decreasing blood flow to an area.

The position for someone who is unconscious is the recovery position. More about this in the next article!


Want to know more? Attend a training course which covers this topic:

QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)
QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid At Work (QCF)
QA Level 2 Award In Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (QCF)
QA Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis (QCF)
QA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)



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