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HOME FIRST AID: FAINTING.

Fainting occurs when the blood supply to your brain is inadequate, which causes you to lose consciousness.

If you feel faint 6 Lie down or sit down. To reduce the chance of fainting again, don't get up too quickly.

6 Place your head between your knees if you sit down.

If someone else faints 6 Position the person on their back. If they're breathing, restore blood flow to the brain by raising their legs above heart level - about 12 inches (30cm). To reduce the chance of fainting again, don't get the person up too quickly. If the person doesn't regain consciousness within one minute, call for an ambulance.

6 Check the person's airway to be sure it's clear. Watch for vomiting.

6 Check for signs of circulation (breathing, coughing or movement). If there are no signs of circulation, begin CPR. Call for an ambulance and continue CPR until help arrives or the person responds and starts breathing again.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2015
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