Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Coping with shock>>>>>

Image result for pics of a patient having  shockMany are familiar with shock as they experience it often. Shock can come as a result of an a sudden scarcely event or unplanned event. Shock may result from disease such as stroke, allergic reaction, poisoning, severe infections and other causes. Shock occurs when the cells and organs of the body do not get the sufficient nutrient they need to function properly. The organ can suffer damages as a result of that. Shock is life threatening and require emergency medical treatment. Shock can be classified according to the causes.

Shock is classified as follows>>>>>

  • Cardiogenic shock>>>>This is as a result of the heart's failure to pump adequate blood due to damage to the heart muscles.     
  • Hypovoleamic shock >>>This type of shock is as a result of excessive blood fluid loss from the body
  • Anaphylactic shock >>>This occurs in a severe allergic reaction that may be triggered by the sight of a substance called allergen. It usually sets in suddenly and can lead to death if left it is not taken care of.
  •  Septic shock >>>>>> This usually caused by severe infection which causes a drop in the blood volume.
  • Neurogenic shock >>>>This is as a result of damage to the nervous system
 Shock can be caused by many factors including emotional upset such as fear, bad news.
The symptoms of shock may vary depending on thew cause.
>>>>Signs and symptoms of shock
Pale, cold and clammy skin
Rapid but weak pulse
Fast breathing rate
General body fatigue and weakness
Cold feet


  • Lay the person down and elevate the legs.
  • Loosen tight clothing to allow air. 
  • Check for vital signs.
  • Cover the person with a blanket to keep warmth if necessary.
  • Don't let the person eat or drink anything.
  • If the airways are blocked,tilt sideways to prevent choking.
  • Try CPR (cardio-pulmonary- resuscitation )  if needed.
Then arrange for a vehicle to convey the victim to hospital for proper treatment.