Shock Treatment

Call 911

1. Lay the Person Down, if Possible

  • Elevate the person's feet about 12 inches unless head, neck, or back is injured or you suspect broken hip or leg bones.
  • Do not raise the person's head.
  • Turn the person on side if he or she is vomiting or bleeding from the mouth.

2. Begin CPR, if Necessary

If the person is not breathing or breathing seems dangerously weak:

  • For a child, start CPR for children.
  • For an adult, start adult CPR.
  • Continue CPR until help arrives or the person wakes up.

3. Treat Obvious Injuries

4. Keep Person Warm and Comfortable

  • Loosen restrictive clothing.
  • Cover with coat or blanket.
  • Keep the person still. Do not move the person unless there is danger.
  • Reassure the person.
  • Do not give anything to eat or drink.

5. Follow Up

  • At the hospital, the person will be given oxygen and intravenous fluids.
  • Blood test, urine tests, heart test and xrays and/or CT scans may be done.
  • Other treatment will depend on the cause of shock.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2015

Sources

SOURCES:

American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation: "Shock."

National Health Service (U.K.): "First Aid for Shock."

Merck Manuals: "Shock."

Shock Information from eMedicineHealth.

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