Fainting can occur for a number of reasons, or it may occur for no obvious reason at all. Common reasons for fainting include a lack of food or water, severely low or high blood pressure, an underlying medical condition or shock. They may also faint if they have had a head injury or spinal injury. The blood supply to your brain is not adequate for a moment causing the fainting spell, but it usually returns within a few minutes and the person should regain consciousness within this time. Treating fainting in someone else begins with ensuring that they are safe from harm. While they are on the ground, lay the person on their back raising their legs slightly to return blood flow to the head. Loosen any tight or constrictive clothing and do not allow them to stand up too quickly when they regain consciousness. Check their airways in case there is anything blocking them and watch out for vomiting so that you can turn them on their side if necessary. Check their breathing is normal and check for a pulse. If there is no pulse or it is slow and they are not breathing normally (e.g. gasping for air) you may have to begin CPR. Begin with 30 chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths. Watch for the chest rising when you carry out rescue breathing and continue CPR until they begin to move or emergency services come.
Fainting and accidents
At work, you are entitled to a certain amount of rest breaks to ensure that you are able to continue your day safely and without causing an accident or injury to yourself or others. This is a health and safety regulation and must be followed as it could cause a risk of injury or fainting if someone is not adequately rested in a long shift. People who work long hours are entitled to rest breaks and must also have at least 12 hours rest between shifts to ensure that they get enough sleep to continue. This is particularly important for those who work in manual labour professions and for those who need to concentrate, such as doctors or surgeons. Lack of food and sleep can cause fainting in the workplace therefore your first aid staff may find themselves treating fainting if health and safety regulations are not followed. If you have suffered an injury due to fainting and it was the fault of someone else, you may be entitled to a cash payout. Accident Advice Helpline work with a team of negligence solicitors who can help represent you through a stressful time and can help you win a cash sum for your inconvenience.
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Author: David Brown