Football fans were preoccupied last week with the fall of Denmark’s Christian Eriksen during his country’s match against Finland in the European Nations Championship.
Most of the European channels cut off their broadcasts after the player fell, and the match was stopped and paramedics intervened, who were able to wake Eriksen before he was taken to hospital.
The Danish team doctor said that Eriksen was in the dead position after suffering a heart attack, and that the medical team saved the player from certain death.
Health experts considered that first aid was the first hero in saving Eriksen’s life, and that the captain of the Denmark national team, Simon Kerr, was credited with a lot of credit for saving his colleague when he was quickly put on his side and prevented him from swallowing his tongue.
This sudden medical condition raised an urgent medical question, which is: What do we do if someone next to us falls unconscious at home, on the road, in the workplace or anywhere else before the ambulance and cardiac resuscitation devices come?
An episode of the program (With Al-Hakim) on Al-Jazeera Mubasher screen discussed this issue, with Dr. Hassan Al-Sawaf, a consultant in chest diseases and intensive care.
Dr. Al-Sawaf said at the beginning that there were several lessons learned from what happened with the Danish player, including the speed with which the measures were taken, as well as the knowledge of all those in the place of those measures.
Regarding the first aid that must be taken when a person falls in front of us, Dr. Al-Sawaf explained a number of steps, namely:
- Securing the place and making sure that there is nothing to harm the patient.
- Ensure that there is no bleeding that may be the cause of fainting.
- Keep the patient lying on his back with the feet slightly raised to help him return to consciousness again.
- Do not place a pillow behind the head.
- Do not splash water on the patient’s face.
- Placing the patient on his right side if he starts emitting secretions from his mouth so that the secretions do not enter his chest or lungs.
- Check pulse status.
- Ensure that the patient does not take diabetes medications or insulin needles, because they sometimes lower sugar and cause the patient to faint.
- Opening tight clothes at the neck area, if any, because pressure in that area sometimes loses consciousness.
- Prevent people from gathering around the place to allow the patient to breathe
- Ensure that the patient is breathing. If he is breathing, things are fine. In this case, the ambulance must be informed quickly and ensure that the tongue does not fall back by returning the head back and raising the jaws a little so that we can continue breathing.
- If the patient is not breathing, then the rapid recovery process must be started, by sitting on the knees, placing the hands vertically above each other, and pressing the mid-chest area strongly for 100 times per minute, interspersed with giving the patient a breath after 30 times by blowing into his mouth.
Dr. Al-Sawaf explained that there are several indicators that may indicate signs of a coma, such as:
- Feeling kind of dizzy.
In this case, the person should sit in the nearest place and breathe calmly until this period is exceeded. But sometimes fainting occurs without warning.
In conclusion, Dr. Al-Sawaf called for the necessity of teaching first aid procedures in schools and disseminating this culture because we need it in all places.