Posted in First Aid Articles, on August 04, 2020
Shock is caused by poor blood circulation around the body. Shock always accompanies other conditions and must always be treated alongside treating the main condition. Once someone goes into shock, the body tries to compensate by increasing the heart rate. This leads to an over-worked heart and further loss of blood if there are any injuries; as a result of that, the heart needs more blood so it beats even faster. The best way to treat shock is to treat the cause of the shock.
Signs and symptoms:
- A person suffering from shock might display unusual behaviour (for example, being very calm or very anxious).
- They might not be feeling the pain from their injuries
- Weak and rapid pulse
- Shallow and rapid breathing
- Blue-ish or pale skin color
Always assist your victims into a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down. Keep them warm. Monitor their vitals often and reassure them that help is on the way. Attempt to treat the cause of their shock (for example, treat any bleeding). If the victim’s level of consciousness decreases, activate EMS immediately.
Putting the victim in a semi-prone position means putting them on their side. It helps to have the victim’s hand tucked under their face to support the head and their top knee bent to keep the body from rolling over. This position allows the victim to breath easier and is generally more comfortable.