Loss of Consciousness (Unconsciousness)

When a person experiences a loss of consciousness, he or she is neither awake nor aware of the external environment. Loss of consciousness often is described as being "knocked out."

Attempts to arouse an unconscious person to an alert province may not be successful. The person may not respond at all or may respond with moans or non-purposeful movements.

A loss of consciousness for longer than 60 seconds needs to be evaluated by a doctor.

Any loss of consciousness after a head injury, even if only for a short time, requires immediate evaluation by a doctor.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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