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Patient collapse (i.e. sudden loss of consciousness) or impaired consciousness may occur without warning. It is vital that the podiatrist is able to come to a rapid working diagnosis of the most likely cause of the patient's impaired level of consciousness, in order to instigate the most appropriate lifesaving intervention.

In some cases, delay in instigating the appropriate action could lead to patient death. Proof of CPD in Basic Life Support is a formal requirement for those administering local analgesia. You'll be able to access this resource for 12 months after purchase.

Aims and Objectives

You will:

The 10 scenarios included are example incidents in which the patient undergoes sudden or unexpected collapse or shows impaired consciousness.

Each of the five answer options requires the podiatrist to both identify the most likely cause of the patient's collapse/impaired consciousness, and identify the most appropriate first aid intervention for the condition.

Each correct answer is supported by an explanatory text that notes the pointers within each scenario that suggest the most appropriate working diagnosis; they also outline the underlying pathology and inform the proposed action taken by the rescuer.

Please note:

For all cases of sudden patient collapse:

Certificate and CPD Points

This ten-question module has been written by expert authors from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists faculty of Podiatric Medicine and General Practice. 

Upon successful completion of this module a printable certificate of competence will be made available to you. This module gives you 2 hours of CPD points for your annual CPD assessment.


Author: Dr Jean Mooney, BSc(Hons), MA, PhD, Cert Ed (F&HE), FHEA, DPodM, Adv Dip Biomech, FChS, FCPodS, FCPodMed.