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Has this ever happened to you? You are standing next to a friend or perhaps even a stranger when suddenly they collapse. What should you do?

First, don’t panic. According to the Mayo Clinic, fainting occurs when the blood supply to your brain is momentarily inadequate, and the loss of consciousness is usually brief.  A simple fainting spell can occur from anxiety, fear, pain, intense emotional stress, hunger, and sometimes even the sight of blood. In most situations, you should…

Lay the person on their back.  If the person is breathing, raise the person’s legs above heart level-about 12 inches. Loosen belts, collars or other constrictive clothing. Don’t let them get up too quickly; allow the blood to fully restore their brain.

If the person is not breathing, begin CPR and call 911.

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