First Aid: Fainting

Call 911 if the person has the following symptoms:

  • Blue lips or face
  • Irregular/slow heartbeat
  • Chest Pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Displays signs of confusion



1)      Make the person become safe

  1. You should lay the person flat on back
  2. Elevate the legs to maintain the blood flow to the brain
  3. Loosen any tight clothing

2)      Reviving the person

  1. Shake the person vigorously or yell to try to get a response from them
  2. If the person is unresponsive, call 911

3)      Home Care for a Minor Faint

  1. If the person appears to be alert, give them fruit juice especially if they have not eaten in six hours
  2. Stay with the person until they become fully recovered

4)      Seek Immediate Health Care Assistance if:

  1. If the individual hit their head when fainting
  2. Fainting more than once a month
  3. Pregnant/other serious heart condition
  4. If the individual has symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, or difficulty talking

Not intended to serve as medical advice.


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