Shock develops in an injured or sick person whose circulatory system fails to deliver blood to all parts of the body. Without this blood, the body’s organs cannot function properly.
This is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.
You should watch any injured person for the following signs:
Restlessness or Irritability (Usually the first signal)
Altered level of consciousness
Pale or ashen
Moist or Clammy
Rapid or labored
Complains of thirst
What Should You Do?
1. Call your local emergency number. (usually 9-1-1)
2. Speak calmly to the victim and assure them that help is on the way
3. Have the person lie down. (Breathing difficulty may make sitting or semi-sitting a more comfortable position for some victims; the most important thing is that the victim rests.)
4. Control any external bleeding.
5. Keep the person warm.
6. Elevate the legs above the level of the head, unless there is the possibility of a head, neck, or back injury.
7. Do not give the person anything to eat or drink! They will probably be thirsty, but don't give in.
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