First Aid: Fainting

Participants enrolled in emergency and standard childcare first aid courses will learnt to recognize and treat patients with no or lowered levels of consciousness. This article will focus on recognizing and caring for patients that have fainted.

Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness that is associated with several medical disorders, stress, fatigue and shock. The material posted on this page is for information purposes, take a childcare first aid course to learn with hands-on experience how to care for patients of faintings.

Signs and Symptoms of Fainting

The following are signs and symptoms of fainting:

Patient left in recovery position after Fainting
If not injuries are suspected you should place the fainted individual into the recovery position.
  • Pale Skin
  • Cool Skin
  • Clammy Skin
  • Restlessness
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Lowered level of consciousness
  • Rapid and Weak Pulse
  • Shallow and rapid respiration

Treatment and Management of Patient Fainting

  • Rescuers should assess the victims responsiveness and vitals.
  • Rescuers should maintain patients open airway and start CPR if necessary.
  • Rescuers should contact EMS if patients condition does not improve. Patient should be advised to seek further medical assistance regardless.
  • Rescuers should identify and control the cause of the patient’s fainting.
  • Rescuers should treat patient for shock.

To learn to recognize and care for patients of fainting take a workplace approved childcare first aid or any workplace approved first aid and CPR course. Visit our locations page (Child Care First Aid – Locations for First Aid Training: Find Nearby Options) to find the best childcare first aid provider in your region.


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