Monday, June 16, 2008

Fainting and Shock Treatment

A faint is caused by a sudden fall in blood supply to the brain, generally caused by a reflex slowing of the heart, which may be caused by emotional upset or distress. This is not serious, providing you do not injure yourself as you fall. Clinical shock, a physical response, is the result of a severe injury.

Fainting

Fainting may be caused by shock, a sudden drop in blood pressure or a reduction in the body's blood sugar level. A faint feeling - dizziness, feeling cold and clammy - may be experienced without losing consciousness.

Treatment

Lay the patient down with feet raised slightly above the body. This increases the flow of blood back to the brain. Homeopathy Aconite can help someone who faints as a result of shock. Fainting from lack of air requires Carbo veg., and Arsenicum alb is used in cases of fainting through exhaustion or cold. Acupressure Gently stimulate the acupressure point two thirds of the way up between the top lip and the nose, using your fingernail.

Bach Flower Remedies Offer a few drops of Rescue Remedy in water or apply directly onto the tongue as soon as the patient comes round.

Shock

There are a number of reasons for someone going into clinical shock. The symptoms are similar to fainting, which is often a part of severe shock. Shock victims will look gray, pale, and clammy, and they may be incoherent.

Treatment

Put casualty in the position described for fainting. Loosen clothing to allow easy breathing, but ensure casualty is kept warm. Keep talking, offering reassurance.

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