What is shock?
The commonest type of shock is called hypovolemic shock - this occurs due to loss of fluids, usually blood. The body begins to go into shock when more than 2 pints of blood has been lost. It is life-threatening and requires immediate management! Here are some of the features which suggest shock is present in order to help you to recognize it.
Quick heart rate (feel at wrist)
Pale skin and cold, sweaty hands
Quick and shallow breathing
Weakening of pulse at wrist
Blue/grey skin - check lips and fingertips
Weakness and drowsiness
Nausea and vomiting
Change in behaviour e.g. aggressive
Gasping for a breath
Complete loss of consciousness
Now that you have a better understanding of what shock is, in the next step you will learn more about how to deal with it.
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