Loss Of Consciousness
Depending on the severity of an aortic dissection, patients could experience a temporary loss of consciousness. If this occurs, bystanders should immediately call the emergency services, and someone should stay with the patient until paramedics arrive. While waiting for the emergency teams, individuals at the scene can help the patient by checking their airway to ensure it is not blocked. This is done by gently opening the mouth.
It is important to feel the patient's wrist to check for a pulse. If the pulse is absent, anyone who knows how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should begin this immediately, and the patient should be placed on their back. The patient's pulse should be checked periodically, and observers should check for signs of breathing, coughing, or movement that could indicate the patient has regained consciousness. If known, bystanders should inform paramedics about the duration of the patient's loss of consciousness.
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