Symptoms: Pale or bluish skin, lips, and fingernails; moist, clammy skin; weakness; weak, rapid pulse (more than 100 beats per minute); increased breathing rate; irregular breathing; restlessness, anxiety; thirst; vomiting; dull look in eyes; dilated pupils; unresponsiveness; blotchy or streaked skin; possible unconsciousness in severe conditions.
- Make certain victim's airway is open, using head-tilt chinlift to open airway, even if back, neck, or head injury is suspected .
- Seek medical assistance immediately. Call for EMS.
Until EMS arrives:
- If back, neck, or head injury suspected, DO NOT move victim . If no back, neck, or head injury suspected, lay victim faceup and elevate feet about 12 inches. DO NOT place victim in position that is uncomfortable.
Move the victim to a comfortable position
only if there's no back or neck injury.
- Loosen any tight clothing.
- Look for injuries, and control any bleeding .
- Cover victim lightly with blanket.
- DO NOT give victim anything to eat or drink. If victim vomits, roll the victim onto their side and clean out victim's mouth.
- Put an unresponsive victim or a stroke victim in the Recovery Position.