SEIZURES & FAINTING
A person suffering a seizure
may experience muscle spasms, may bite their tongue, may foam at the
mouth, their eyes may roll up, face/lips turn blue and may lose bladder
or bowel control.
Do not try to restrain the person or put anything in their mouth whilst
they are suffering the seizure. Remove any furniture or equipment
from within their vicinity and protect their head from injury. Once
the episode has passed, check their breathing and circulation. Take
appropriate steps according to the severity of their state. If they
are feeling sleepy, allow them to relax and rest.
Generally anyone who faints will only be unconscious for
a few seconds or a few minutes. If a person feels faint, do not let
them fall down, instead help them sit or lie down. Abstain from giving
them anything to drink yet. However, if the person does faint then
lie them on their side and raise their feet 10-14 inches of the ground.
Place a damp cloth on their forehead and loosen their clothing.
As the person comes round, calm them down and reassure them. Do not
immediately let the person stand up, tell them to rise very slowly
with your help. If the person does not recover sufficiently within
5 minutes or is elderly call for emergency medical assistance.