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.
Any accident, injury or sudden illness may cause shock. For example:
- Serious Car Accident.
- Bad Burns.
- Heart Attack.
- Severe Diarrhea.
- Severe Bleeding.
- Bad Fall
Signs of Shock.
- Weak, fast pulse.
- Cold, wet skin.
Your aim is to treat any obvious cause and to improve the blood supply to the brain, heart and lungs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Give nothing to eat or drink.
- Identify and treat the cause of shock, if possible.
- Keep monitoring the victim’s vital signs. Be ready to resuscitate if necessary.