Basic First Aid Advice - Dealing with Shock
31st May 2011
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Welcome to First4Sight First Aid Blog, a quick insight into how to deal with minor First Aid incidents 

In this edition, we will be looking at – Dealing with Shock

If the person has any visible blood, vomit or faeces, Put on gloves or any other protective barrier!



 The brain may be receiving less oxygen than normal (through bleeding, vomiting, sweating)

 The body may be losing bodily fluids so have less blood than normal

 They may have a lower blood pressure than normal (through the heart not pumping effectively)


 They may have fast, shallow breathing

 They may appear pale, grey and sweaty with clammy skin

 They may feel dizzy, weak and sick

 They may become confused, anxious or aggressive


 Treat the cause of the shock (e.g. any bleeding wounds)

 Lay them down with their legs slightly raised in the air

 Dial 999 for an ambulance if they need further treatment or they become unconscious

 Keep them warm and relaxed but do not let them eat, drink or smoke (in case they need any surgery)

If the casualty becomes unconscious; place them in the ‘recovery position’


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Becki C

Member since: 19th September 2011

Hi, I'm Becki From First4Aid. I have dealt with some wierd and wonderful first aid incidents so you will be in good hands if you come on one of our First Aid Training Courses in Coventry or the West Midlands!

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