Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shock

Shock occurs when the body's issues do not receive enough oxygenated blood. To understand shock, think of the circulatory system as having three components: a working pump (heart), plumbing (blood vessels), adequate fluid (blood) pumped through the pipes. Damage to any of these components can deprive tissues of oxygen-rich blood and produce a condition known as shock.

Recognizing Shock
The signs of shock include:
  • Altered mental status
  • Pale or bluish, cold and clammy skin, lips and nail beds
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Unresponsiveness

Care for Shock
  1. Place the victim on his or her back
  2. Keep the victim warm
  3. Call 9-1-1
 

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