Dealing with a Casualty in Shock
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Signs and symptoms.
· Skin - pale cold and clammy.
· Pulse - rapid but weak.
· Breathing - shallow and fast
· Nausea, dizziness and confusion.
· Loss of consciousness.
· Failure of the circulatory system.
· Loss of fluid from the system causes blood pressure to fall to a dangerous level.
· The body responds by diverting blood to the vital organs such as the heart and lungs.
· Treat any cause identified.
· Reassure the casualty.
· Lie them down and raise the legs.
· Loosen tight clothing and keep the casualty warm.
· Monitor ABC and level of response
Do not give the casualty anything to eat or drink and do not let them smoke.