First aid

29 June 2005

Testing level of consciousness, memory loss and coordination

This section outlines how you test a person's level of consciousness, memory loss and coordination.


How to test for level of consciousness and memory loss

  • Ask the date, year and time as well as the names of all the people involved in the accident.
  • Ask the person to recite both the months of the year and the days of the week backwards.
  • Recite four digits and ask the victim to repeat them forward and backward. Ask again 5 minutes later. Ask for details about current events.

How to check for coordination
Ask the person to perform a series of simple tasks, such as walking in a straight line, buttoning a shirt and so on.


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