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How To Treat Someone For Shock

Watch more How to Give First Aid videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Know how to care for a victim who's gone into shock. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning When you encounter someone in a state of shock, seek medical attention immediately. Step 1: Check for signs of shock Check for signs of shock. They include clammy skin, paleness, restlessness, thirst, bleeding, profuse sweating, confusion, labored or rapid breathing, blotchy or bluish skin (especially around the mouth), and nausea and/or vomiting. Tip If someone has lost a lot of blood, is severely dehydrated, has serious burns or wounds, or is suffering a severe allergic reaction, assume he is going into shock and begin treating him. Step 2: Treat minor shock Treat minor shock, where the shock is more due to the event than the injury, by having the person sit down and put his head between his legs, especially if he feels like he's going to faint. The rush of blood to his head will help stabilize him. Step 3: Loosen clothing Loosen clothing at the neck, waist, and wherever it appears to be tight. Step 4: Elevate the legs or head Keep the person lying down and elevate his legs off the ground—unless they're fractured—to help direct more blood toward the vital organs. If he's having trouble breathing and you're sure he's suffered no injuries to his neck or spine, elevate his head and shoulders. Tip Do not move the person at all if you don't know what his injuries are, or you could cause more damage. Step 5: Check for mouth bleeding Check for blood in the mouth. If it's present, turn person on his side so he won't choke. Step 6: Maintain his body temperature Keep him at a comfortable body temperature by covering him if it's cold or providing shade if it's hot. Tip If a tourniquet has been applied, try to keep it uncovered. Step 7: Provide reassurance Do your best to keep the person calm by providing constant reassurance. Speak and act with confidence (even if you're quaking inside). Tip Do not give the person anything to eat or drink unless a medical professional instructs you to do so. Step 8: Wait with the victim Stay with the victim until medical help arrives. Did You Know? The steps to treat shock are exactly the same as those to prevent shock.
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