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How do you treat shock?

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January 11, 2011 1:23AM

"Clinical," or physical, shock is a life-threatening medical

condition and should be suspected when someone has been in a

serious accident and/or has wounds. Call your local emergency

services immediately; don't try to make a determination


Emotional shock is typically not life-threatening, but it can

be. Some witnesses to horrific accidents or acts of violence can

suffer heart attacks or other physical crises (for example,

emotional shock may constitute an "assault" on the adrenal system).

Such persons can also suffer grave psychic injury. But prompt,

sensitive, **qualified** medical attention and follow-up care can

help to prevent lifelong after-effects.

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Treatment for physical shock includes 1. keeping the airway open

2. If unconscious, place on side in recovery position and monitor

airway 3. Keep the person calm, warm and comfortable 4. Elevate

lower extremities 5. Seek medical attention immediately 6. Do not

give food or drink


first call 911 . then assist the situation . check for bleeding

. loosen any tight clothing around the neck , waist , and chest .

then , lay the victim on their back , and elevate their feet about

a foot above the ground . if the person is unconscious , DO NOT lay

them on their back . instead , lay them on their side . it prevents

them from swallowing their tongue or vomiting into their mouth .

maintain normal body temperature . if victim is hot , rest in

shaded area . if cold , use some sort of cloth of heated equipment

to maintain heat . wait until help is arrived .


1) Assess the situation, do not create more victims etc. 2)

Check airway and breathing 3) Check pulse and control the bleeding

4) Put injured part higher the heart level, keep injured warm and

resting 5) If possible administer fluid and oxygen

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