Read the scenario and ask yourself, What would I do?
A college student returns to his apartment and finds his roommate lying on the bed, unconscious and unresponsive. He immediately calls EMS. When you arrive, you find a 20-year-old man dressed in jogging gear. The patient appears very pale, is unresponsive to any stimuli, and is breathing quickly with no apparent airway problems.
As you check for a pulse, you notice that his skin is cool and clammy. The roommate states that your patient said he was not feeling well at breakfast and promised to eat something later. He also tells you that the patient has no known allergies and does not take any medicine except insulin. Finally, he tells you that the patient began jogging a few weeks ago to try to get back into shape. Baseline vital signs obtained by your partner include a pulse of 128 beats/min, respirations of 28 breaths/min, and a blood pressure of 88/54 mm Hg.