Some people think of "Shock" as being the result of a sudden fright or emotional distress to a traumatic event but this should not be confused or compared with "Medical" Shock which is a life-threatening emergency.
If you want First Aid for Shock information NOW click here but if you need to confirm what the signs and symptoms are read on.
Shock is where the delivery of oxygen and nutrients is not sufficient to meet the body's needs. The main way oxygen and nutrients are delivered to our body is through blood. SO, most causes of shock are blood related. The most common first aid consideration when making an assessment is to consider loss of blood but be aware it is not just loss of blood externally but also internally as well.The body's response
to this life threatening scenario is to release adrenaline with the intention to maintain blood flow to vital organs such as the heart, lungs and brain. Adrenaline is also released when a sudden fright or emotional distress is experienced. So this seems to be where the confusion lies with these two terms.
There are different types of Shock
The main ones that relate to First Aid are:-
Hypovolaemic (so low volume of blood) - this is triggered off by loss of blood usually severe bleeding .
Cardiogenic - is where the pumping of blood is poor and therefore not effective. This is where the heart maybe having some difficulty doing its job such as during a heart attack.
Anaphylactic - this type of shock is caused by a severe
allergic reaction that triggers the lungs to swell thus reducing or
blocking the flow of oxygen into the lung which therefore leads to low
oxygen into the blood.
Signs and Symptoms
These can range enormously but some common signs are as follows:-
OK, so what do I do to give First Aid for Shock....
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