Unconsciousness - first aid

Loss of consciousness - first aid; Coma - first aid; Mental status change; Altered mental status; Syncope - first aid; Faint - first aid 

Unconsciousness is when a person is unable to respond to people and activities. Doctors often call this a coma or being in a comatose state.

Other changes in awareness can occur without becoming unconscious. These are called altered mental status or changed mental status. They include sudden confusion, disorientation, or stupor.

Unconsciousness or any other sudden change in mental status must be treated as a medical emergency.

Recovery position - series

If the victim is breathing and in no need of chest compressions and CPR, the victim should be placed in the recovery position. The recovery position puts the victim in a position that keeps the airway open. To put the victim in the recovery position grab the victims leg and shoulder and roll him or her towards you.

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First Aid

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When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention