Clinical shock is not the same as fear, anaphylactic shock or emotional shock, which are other symptoms that can be experienced by an individual after a particularly unpleasant experience or as a reaction to an allergy. Clinical shock comes as a consequence or reaction to an injury or illness that is classed as severe. Blood flow throughout the body drops to a dangerous level of reduction, and if left untreated the sufferer can collapse, fall into a coma and in the worst of cases can even cause death.
Reduction in blood flow can be caused by many things;
Extensive burns, heavy blood loss, an unusually severe bout of vomiting and even diarrhoea. If fluid within the body is also sufficiently affected, this can also be a cause of clinical shock.
When clinical shock is happening in the body it is moving the majority of it's supply of blood to the vital organs in the body, and leaving a lack of adequate supply to other areas such as the muscles and the skin. When the blood supply is drained from these parts of the anatomy, the body begins to feel weakened.
Common symptoms include;
Excessive sweating, unusually pale complexion, general sickness and nausea. Violent and prolonged vomiting. Unusually rapid or shallow breathing, along with sighing and yawning. Feeling very thirsty, a feeling of restlessness and anxiousness. A very weak or very fast pulse rate, fainting and sense of dizziness.
Cases of clinical shock can be helped by the use of sedatives, but this should only be administered by a medical professional, however in most cases general calming, reassuring and comforting is usually enough, to sufficiently help the sufferer.
Phone for medical assistance as soon as possible and place them in the recovery position if necessary. Do loosen the sufferers clothes, especially around the waist, throat, neck and chest area. Ensure that they do not smoke, eat or drink until help and professional advise and attention has been given, it is OK however to whet the suffers lips if they are feeling thirsty. It is recommended that you cover them with blankets or clothes and elevate their legs onto a comfortable platform, however try to refrain from moving them unnecessarily.
Make sure any injuries are treated as quickly and as efficiently as possible, but do not try keeping the patients body temperature up by using hot water bottles or electric blankets.
If you are feeling that you may be suffering from any of these symptoms or a combination of a few, make sure that you are not left alone to deal with them, as a weakened body could lead to confusion and you may fall asleep and be unable to get help later on. Seek professional medical attention and help as soon as possible, do not attempt to drive or do anything that requires a lot of energy or movement. Rest and ask for assistance and reassurance.
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