If this is an emergency, please call 000 immediately.
What is fainting?
If this is an emergency, call 000 immediately.
Fainting is a partial or complete loss of consciousness caused by a temporary reduction of blood flow to the brain.
People usually recover from fainting quickly, often within seconds, without any lasting effects.
This guide is regularly updated and aligns with the current edition of Australian First Aid (4th edition, 7/2011)
Signs and Symptoms
- Pale, cool, moist skin
- Numbness in the fingers and toes
- Faintness, dizziness
- Loss of consciousness
What to do
Lie the patient down on their back with their legs elevated.
Loosen any tight clothing.
Ensure plenty of fresh air – open a window if possible.
Treat any injury resulting from a fall.
If fainting is the result of an underlying medical condition, advise the patient to seek medical aid.