Okay so today (about 4pm my time) I went out to water my plants and I saw a guy sleeping on concrete steps out my apartment. I live in a college town and this guy was a younger guy, probably in college. I've sat on those steps before but was really confused on why he was sleeping on them (never seen him before). I was torn between letting him sleep and seeing if he was okay. I texted my mom and she told me to go check on him. I went outside and tried to wake him up, and he didn't wake up. He still had muscle control but it looked like he was sleeping. I'm a CNA but was still confused on what to do so I facebook messaged a nurse I know and she told to call for help because he could have been a diabetic and been in an emergency. I called the police, they sent help, and while trying to talk to him it was clear something was up; he seemed awake but not "with it" he didn't really open his eyes or talk but nodded his head and smiled. After awhile they got him to stand up and found out that he was drunk and lived in a building over.
I didn't care he was there, I just wanted to make sure he was okay. I told my friend what happened and he told me NEVER to try to wake someone up, just call the cops. Now I was a lifeguard, building supervise (first aid/cpr certified), and am now a nurses aid so I don't understand why you wouldn't try helping someone who was randomly passed out. I probably would have called the cops if they guy looked less clean cut or dangerous, but I didn't see this guy as a threat.
So if you saw someone passed out would you help, or just call the cops straight away? Also, were taught one way or another? (please specify where you live if that matters and what type of people you would/would not help.)
*for the poll imagine you saw a younger guy/girl, possibly in college*
- I would help him firstVote A
- I would call the cops firstVote B
- otherVote C
Most Helpful Guy
Yes, we had a girl who was walking in the middle of the road
and she appeared out of it and she was saying where is the world
we called the cops and saved her life they came and took her
There was a homeless man in McDonald's appeared to be a
diabetic, sweating, running to the bathroom but i went over to
him and ask him if he needed me to buy him a meal and he was
quite timid but said yes and the poor guy ate like there was no
tomorrow but the guy could been diabetic and high blood sugars
can also mimic low blood sugars so you gotta be careful.0
Most Helpful Girl
I grew up in a city of over a million and I was taught first aid and lifeguarding for the express purpose to being able to recognize and help if someone needed it. I wouldn't let an apparent medical emergency lure me into an isolated place, and my city girl instincts are always against putting myself in a position where I'm cornered, but if I saw someone apparently unconscious, I would immediately check on him, even if he looked like a street person. Some medical emergencies require faster attention than the ambulance can get there.
I got tested on this once, with a guy who reeked of alcohol and was having a heart attack on a main street in broad daylight and everyone else was just walking by. I called the ambulance and gave first aid until it got there.0