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!
CAUSES OF SHOCK
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)
SIGNS OF SHOCK
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
TREATMENT OF SHOCK
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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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!