First Aid Guide – Unconscious but breathing

If somebody doesn’t respond to touch or the sound of your voice, they are probably unconscious. Carry out a primary survey – Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing and check for severe bleeding.

After you have carried out the primary survey and established the casualty is breathing, you should put them in the recovery position. Turn the casualty over onto their side. Lift their chin forward in the open airway position and adjust their hand under the cheek. Make sure they can’t roll either forwards or backwards. You should continue to monitor their breathing. Call 999 and if waiting for more than 30 minutes, turn them onto their other side if possible. After cardiac arrest, you may notice somebody irregularly gasping for breath. This is not normal breathing and CPR should be started immediately.

If somebody is unconscious but breathing and is not put into the recovery position, they may swallow their tongue and stop breathing, which could be fatal. The above steps should always be followed if somebody is unconscious but breathing.

Have you been injured by a negligent first aider?

Whether you have been injured at work or in a public place, if you don’t receive first aid whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive, or if you receive first aid from somebody who has not been properly trained, you could be left injured. There are a variety of different situations which could cause somebody to be unconscious but breathing, such as a car accident, electric shock, a fall from height or head injury. Receiving first aid until emergency services arrive could save your life, but if you feel that somebody has carried out first aid negligently, you may be able to make a claim.

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