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What should I do if someone faints?

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  • Lay the person flat on their back.
  • Raise the person's legs to restore blood flow to the brain.
  • Loosen tight clothing.
  • Shake the person vigorously, tap briskly, or yell.
  • If the person doesn't respond, call 911 immediately and start CPR if necessary.
  • If a defibrillator is available, bring it by the person and use it if you have been trained on its use.

From: Fainting Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

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Children's Hospital, Colorado: "Fainting."

Carnegie Mellon University Student Affairs Health Services: "Fainting."

Family Doctor: "Fainting."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital, Colorado: "Fainting."

Carnegie Mellon University Student Affairs Health Services: "Fainting."

Family Doctor: "Fainting."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

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