How Long Can Unconsciousness Last?

Do you feel pain when unconscious?

The unconscious person may still feel pain as they did when they were awake.

For this reason pain medication will continue to be administered but perhaps by another method such as the subcutaneous route (through a butterfly clip in the stomach, arm or leg)..

Can an unconscious patient hear you?

Studies of patients’ memories of their unconscious state indicate that they heard and understood conversations. Lawrence (1995) found that unconscious patients could hear and respond emotionally to verbal communication.

How long can someone survive unconscious?

But you may survive for as long as 1 or 2 weeks. When you’re unconscious or not of sound mind, doctors and family members will decide when life support measures should stop. It’s a hard decision, especially if you haven’t previously discussed your end-of-life wishes with your family.

What happens when you are unconscious too long?

Potential complications of being unconscious for a long period of time include coma and brain damage. A person who received CPR while unconscious may have broken or fractured ribs from the chest compressions. The doctor will X-ray the chest and treat any fractures or broken ribs before the person leaves the hospital.

How long can someone be in a coma and still wake up?

Recovering from a coma A coma usually only lasts a few weeks, during which time the person may start to gradually wake up and gain consciousness, or progress into a different state of unconsciousness called a vegetative state or minimally conscious state.

How quickly do you lose consciousness?

“As soon as the heart stops, you not only lose consciousness and your brain stem reflexes are all gone, but also the electricity that your brain creates slows down immediately, and within about 2 to 20 seconds it completely flatlines.”