How to Help a Person Who’s Fainted

How to Help a Person Who’s Fainted
How to Help a Person Who’s Fainted

A person has fainted. To help get blood flow back into their brain, raise their?

• Knees
• Arms
• Head
• Feet

Answer: Feet

When a person has fainted the best thing to do is lie them on their back and raise their feet to get blood flowing back into their brain.

When a person faints, it’s because of lack of blood going to the brain. This causes a person’s blood pressure to drop and become unconscious. A person may regain consciousness within a few minutes. Anything more than that, it’s time to call 9-1-1.


What Causes a Person to Faint?
Fainting can be caused by something as simple as being dehydrated to more severe complications like hypotension (low blood pressure) or abnormal heart rhythms.

Some of the signs of someone about to faint like yawning can make it hard to detect but others like sudden profuse sweating, blurred or loss of vision, nauseousness, confusion, feeling light-headed or looking confused could be a sign that a person is about to faint.

How Can You Help Them?
If you notice a person is about to faint, position yourself to catch them as they begin to fall. Lay them down on the ground on their back. It’s important to get blood flowing back into their brain. To help speed things up, lift their feet above their heart. If the person is vomiting or bleeding, lie them down with their head tilted to the side.

Be sure to loosen any tight clothing like a tie or shirt collar for comfort and blood flow. When they regain consciousness, try to keep them laying down for around 10-15 minutes. This will help to regain proper blood flow.


Ask them if they have any medical conditions and if they need professional medical attention. If they feel better, assist them (very slowly) to the standing position to avoid becoming dizzy or lose balance.

What If They’re Not Waking Up?
If a person who’s fainted, it’s waking up, call 9-1-1 immediately. Check for breathing and a pulse. Some symptoms to look for are blue lips, heavy breathing, isn’t waking up, or chest pains. At this time, CPR may be needed until medical assistance arrives.

Learn to recognize the symptoms of someone who is about to faint. If you notice these symptoms, be prepared to act and potentially save someone’s life.

~To Your Survival!


Fainting Causes & Treatment – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance