At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Define "shock"
- List some causes of shock
- List common symptoms of shock
- Explain the first aid for a person in shock
The following key questions are answered in this module:
What is shock?
Shock is a condition in which the body slows down, including slowing the rate of blood circulation.
What causes shock?
Many different factors can cause a person to go into shock, including illnesses and infections; heatstroke; blood loss; poisoning; burns; physical trauma; and emotional trauma.
Is it important to call for qualified medical assistance if a person is in shock?
What are some steps of first aid for a person in shock?
Calm the person, have the person lie down, and keep the person warm by covering the person with a blanket.
Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:
Shock is a very serious health condition in which the body isn't delivering enough blood to the brain, heart, and other vital organs. A person in shock can suffer permanent organ damage or even die. If you suspect someone is in shock always summon emergency medical care as quickly as possible. In addition to calling for medical care, basic first aid for person in shock involves calming the person, having the person lie down, covering him or her with a blanket, and waiting for medical help to arrive. Because a person may go into shock as the result of an injury like a cut, you may also have to provide additional first aid. And because a person in shock may not be breathing or may not be circulating blood, you may have to clear their airway, provide artificial respiration or perform CPR.
Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:
- Web MD - www.webmd.com
- Web MD Shock First Aid - http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/shock-treatment
- Mayo Clinic - www.mayoclinic.org
- Mayo Clinic Shock First Aid - http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-shock/basics/ART-20056620
- American Red Cross - www.redcross.org
- American Red Cross First Aid for Shock - http://www.redcross.org/email/safetynet/v1n4/shock.asp