First aid tip: First aid for fainting

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  1. maripereira says:

    This is very helpful. I never fainted in my life but I have a friend who has a tendency to faint and keeps getting me into awkward situations. I’m always worried that she’ll get hurt, but she’s been lucky so far. I guess because she’s so used to it, she just stands up and resumes whatever it is that she was doing. Now I know better not to let her. Also, people insist on getting her salty food, they say it’s good for the pressure. I don’t know how to respond to those. Is it okay to give them food right after fainting?

  2. Stopanddrop563 says:

    *I mean food*

  3. gregyf says:

    Hey there John, love the site. I have to disagree on the point about raising the legs to improve blood flow to the brain. This is actually a dangerous technique and should’ve never been advised in first aid.

    It was described just at the outbreak of WW1 by an American called Walter Cannon who within 2 years had turned his position around saying that it wouldn’t work.

    There are so many medical studies that show its dangerous. Here is a link to the research. http://bestbets.org/bets/bet.php?id=1710

    I come across this advice all the time and hopefully can change peoples mind by giving them facts not first aid fiction 🙂 keep up the good work on the site

    • John Furst says:

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your insightful comments! I agree the evidence is definitely not conclusive when it comes to raising the legs, despite this the ‘official’ advice remains to raise the legs during a faint.

      I’m going to do some more research and reading, and perhaps write a blog post on the subject. Thanks again for your comments 🙂

      Kind regards,
      John & the team

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