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Unresponsive then shout for help and open airway. Still not breathing normally then call 999 and start with 30 chest compressions. 2 rescue breaths and then 30 compressions.
|Signs of Airway Obstruction
|Causes of Breathlessness
|Causes of Compromised Circulation
|Signs of Compromised Circulation
An assessment of neurological status. The level of consciousness can be done using the AVPU system. If you're concerned about the patient's level of consciousness, then use a more in-depth assessment, such as the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). Always exclude hypoglycaemia by quickly testing. If delayed then give IV Glucose or IM Glucagon. Also, consider opiate overdose with small pupils. Even codeine enough can cause coma. Give naloxone if suspected. Get expert help as to cause and next steps. Unconscious patients whose airways are not protected should be nursed in the lateral position. Give oxygen. In those with a GCS< 9 who may not airway protect needs an anaesthetic review of airways management and need or intubation. The question may well be the need for a CT head to look for structural problems. Talk to your senior.