The body should be placed in the open air or an open room, and cold water freely dashed on, the face, neck, and chest. If the body be cold, warmth or friction may be applied. Artificial respiration should also be practiced as recommended in drowning.
Some have recommended that the patient should be placed in a recumbent posture, and covered with newly excavated earth until signs of returning life are apparent. A powder of Nux-v. may be placed on the tongue, and repeated if necessary in fifteen or twenty minutes.
Apparent Death from a Fall. The patient should be placed gently on a bed with the head elevated. A little Arnica mixed with water may be introduced into the mouth, and the body carefully examined to see if there are no fractures. If the pulse is full and slow the patient should be bled.