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Shock

Shock is a condition in which there exists a disproportion between the quantity of blood in circulation and the total volume of the circulatory system.

Causes.

Any accident, injury or sudden illness may cause shock. For example:

  • Serious Car Accident.
  • Bad Burns.
  • Heart Attack.
  • Severe Diarrhea.
  • Severe Bleeding.
  • Bad Fall

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Signs  of  Shock.

  • Weak, fast pulse.
  • Cold, wet skin.
  • Restlessness.
  • Thirst.

Management.

Your aim is to treat any obvious cause and to improve the blood supply to the brain, heart and lungs.

  1. Lay the patient in Shock Position. Patient who is awake should be placed in the shock position. Elevate his legs and feet above head hight, using a pillow or a rolled blanket or something similar so as to raise them. Unless you suspect a fracture.
  1. Keep him comfortable.
  • Reassure the patient.
  • Loosen any restrictive articles of clothing
  • Keep him warm by covering with blanket, rugs or coats. But do not apply direct heat source.
  1. Give nothing to eat or drink.
  1. Identify and treat the cause of shock, if possible.
  1. Keep monitoring the victim’s vital signs. Be ready to resuscitate if necessary.

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