First Aid: Presyncope

Publication Date: November 14, 2019
Last Updated: March 14, 2022

Updated Recommendations

If a person experiences signs or symptoms of presyncope (including pallor, sweating, lightheadedness, visual changes, and weakness) of vasovagal or orthostatic origin, the priority for that person is to maintain or assume a safe position, such as sitting or lying down. Once the person is in a safe position, it can be beneficial for that person to use physical counterpressure maneuvers (PCMs) to avoid syncope.



First Aid: Presyncope

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