What to do if someone is unresponsive?

Have you ever encountered a situation where someone around you suddenly becomes unresponsive? It can be scary and stressful, especially if that person is a family member or friend. However, it’s important to stay calm and know what steps to take when faced with such an emergency situation. In this article, we’ll discuss all the essential things you need to do when someone becomes unresponsive, so let’s dive in!

Assess the Situation

You are not some sort of superhero who doesn’t get scared while encountering an emergency. The first thing you need to do is assess the situation before making any hasty decisions.

  • Check for Danger: Is there anyone around your area who could cause harm? Make sure you and anyone else around aren’t at risk of injury.
  • Shake & Shout: Sometimes people become unresponsive because they have fallen asleep but try shaking them lightly by calling their name or asking them if they’re okay.

If neither of these works then move on immediately.

Check Their Breathing Pattern

When someone is unconscious/unresponsive – no matter how well-intentioned – attempting CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) isn’t ideal unless breathing has stopped completely.

Here’s How You Can Tell if Someone’s Still Breathing:

  1. Position one hand on their chest just below their collarbone and another hand over your stomach (use your pinkie finger as its sharp end generally takes less pressure).
  2. Start leaning gently backward pushing down onto both hands simultaneously till feel comfortable with that level of support; hold for ten seconds without disturbing both hands’ placement during inhalation/exhalation until reaching equilibrium energy-wise [this will indicate whether enough oxygen enters through lungs].

Feel or observe adequate airflow/motion present inside chests indicates breathing correctly functioning normally independently completed pre-CPR evaluation requirements basis preferably.

Call For Professional Help

Let me make something very clear: don’t waste time waiting for a response while you keep on shaking them perpetually. The next thing you need to do is call an ambulance or any other professional emergency services immediately.

  1. Dial 911 and state the situation.
  2. If someone else is around, Then ask him/her if they can go to the hospital right now with that person or come back as soon as possible.

Take Necessary Precautions

Safety first! While waiting for professionals, ensure your safety and those of others in case there’s any potential danger lurking around you.

  • Move sharp objects away from your area
  • Close doors and windows
  • Remove hazardous products such as cigarettes, lighter etc
  • Follow protocols- wear mask gloves if necessary

What not To Do – DON’T Make Unnecessary Attempts ON PEOPLE

It’s sincerely discouraged wasting valuable cycles attempting manual revival processes like administering alcohol/hot water/other non-emergency procedures that could put victims at even further risk.

The following techniques should be avoided when reviving unconscious individuals:

  • Ammonia Inhalants
  • Smelling salts
  • Submersion in hot baths and cold water after-contact guidelines refusal adherence absent.

Additionally, it’s beneficial to report all actions taken towards any unresponsive individual regardless of how minor the action may seem.

When ambulances arrive:
Ensure EMS (Emergency Medical Services) personnel are notified about expected symptoms/prescription adherence specifics so immediate attention can be given once arriving necessary precautions taken until then without panicking.


You just learned what steps you must take if someone becomes unresponsive suddenly; however, these are not necessarily medicinal procedures but more considered common principles known universally on point terms with basic understanding foundational human reactions remaining calm helps prevent mistakes/efficient procedure progressions/completion rates..

As crucially recommended by doctors worldwide – always remember to contact neighboring hospital emergency rooms or call for your region’s hemoglobin volunteering services.

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