25/08/2016 @ 20h56
When someone looks like they’re asleep but they’re unable to respond to noise or body contact, it’s likely they’re unresponsive.
Unresponsiveness can last for a few seconds (e.g. fainting), or for a long time. It’s often brought on by serious illness or injury (often a head injury), or from taking alcohol or other drugs.
You need to deal with someone who is unresponsive and breathing differently from someone who is unresponsive and not breathing (see below).
The treatment is also different for babies (under one year), children (one year up to puberty) and adults.
Unresponsive and breathing
Unresponsive and not breathing - CPR
If they’re unresponsive and not breathing, you’ll need to do CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). This involves giving someone a combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths to keep their heart and circulation going.
If they start breathing normally again, stop CPR and put them in the recovery position.
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