Unresponsiveness can last for a few seconds
(e.g. fainting) or for a long time. It’s often brought on by
serious illness or injury (e.g. a head injury), or by taking
alcohol or other drugs. Find out what to do if an adult is
unresponsive and breathing.
What to do if an adult is unresponsive
When someone looks like they’re asleep but
they’re unable to respond to noise or body contact, it’s likely
The next three steps are for if you find the casualty lying on
their back. If you find them lying on their side or their front you
may not need all three.
If they stop breathing at any point, call 999 or 112 straight
away and get ready to give them CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation
– a combination of chest pressure and rescue breaths).
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