FIRST AID 5 Sudden Medical Conditions. 2009. CANADIAN COAST GUARD AUXILIARY - PACIFIC. Introduction. Some medical conditions can cause a casualty to become extremely ill and require immediate first aid and emergency medical care. There may be no warning signals.
CANADIAN COAST GUARD AUXILIARY - PACIFIC
1. Taking too much insulin
2. Failing to eat enough
3. Overexercising and burning of sugar faster than normal
1. Changes in consciousness including dizziness, drowsiness and confusion, leading to coma
2. Rapid breathing and pulse
3. Feeling and looking ill
1. Move away nearby objects that may cause injury, and from fire and the water.
2. Protect the person’s head by placing rolled up clothing underneath it.
3. If there is saliva, blood, or vomit, place in the recovery position.
4. Do not try to place anything between the teeth.
1. The convulsion lasts more than a few minutes
2. The casualty has repeated convulsions
3. The casualty appears to be injured
4. You are uncertain about the cause of the convulsion
5. The casualty is pregnant
6. The casualty is a known diabetic
7. The casualty is an infant or child
8. The convulsion takes place in the water
9. The casualty fails to regain consciousness after the convulsion
1. Cool the body
2. Give fluids if the person is conscious