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What is Shock?

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What is Shock? Hypoperfusion (shock) is inadequate body tissue perfusion, resulting inadequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to the body tissues

  • ~ Shock is a life-threatening condition and requires immediate treatment and attention.
  • ~ Shock is characterized by pale, cold, clammy skin, shivering or chills, confusion, anxiety, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and/or a weak pulse with shallow, rapid breathing.
  • ~ Shock usually accompanies other severe injuries, burns, allergic reactions, severe pain such as a heart attack, or sudden loss of blood.


Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013
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Shock can be a life-threatening condition and can manifest itself in a variety of ways and levels of severity. Read about Shock First Aid Treatment

Learn The Signs & Symptoms for shock, as well as treatment for specific types of shock. Find out about LIVE OSHA Standard First Aid & Emergency Care at your location... check out American CPR Training™

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