How To Care For an Unconscious Adult
Today it seems that there are more people out and about than many years ago. Shopping, working, increase in traffic, etc. Would you know what to do if a person were suddenly unconscious right before your eyes? There are many medical television shows that are real and portrayed, and they are trying to save lives. The medical community for the last few years has been raising awareness about people attending a CPR course and becoming certified.
The CPR course will help you in providing life saving measures for a person that becomes unconscious. An unconscious person is in dire need of intervention for respiratory support or cardiology support or both. It may be a victim of a drowning that needs respiratory support. It may be a person that is suffering a major heart attack that needs chest compressions and respiration.
For an adult that becomes unconscious, always call 911. After shaking the person’s arm and shouting “Hey are you OK”, and they do not respond, place your head close to the nose and look at the chest for rise and fall, and feel with the side of your face for any air that may be coming from their nose or mouth. Then feel for a pulse. It is recommended to check the carotid artery, located just across from the Adam apple of the throat. If no pulse is felt and there is no respiration, you will need to start CPR. It is important to take a CPR course to enhance your knowledge and techniques of CPR. You will learn to use an AED, that is able to analyze heart rhythms and shock if needed, until paramedics arrive.
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