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Shock

Recognition

In the case of a serious accident (and once you have treated any obvious injuries and called an ambulance), watch for signs of shock;
            • Pale face with cold, clammy skin.
            • Fast, shallow breathing.
            • Rapid, weak pulse.
            • Yawning and sighing.
            • In extreme cases, unconsciousness.


Treatment

  • Lay the casualty down, raise and support the legs.
  • Use a coat or blanket to keep them warm - but not smothered.
  • Do not give them anything to eat or drink.
  • Check breathing and pulse frequently. If breathing stops, follow the resuscitation sequence - DrABC.
  • Give lots of comfort and reassurance.