…..upon maintaining their body temperature, consider the onset of hypothermia developing, especially in cold or wet environments.
Now focus upon providing reassurance and monitor the person for changes in appearance, colour and temperature. Regularly check their breathing and verbal responses for noticeable changes or events the person tells you about.
Causes of Shock
(4) Blockages that affect blood flow.
The fourth major cause of shock is a blockage that affects blood flow to and from the heart. This may be caused by a punctured lung resulting in pressure increasing within the chest, making it more difficult for blood flow to return to the heart.
Another cause leading to disruption of blood flow is a blood clot occurring in the lung. A weakened heart muscle may also cause complications caused by significant injury. The build-up of blood surrounding the heart would also impact the movement of blood.
During pregnancy, there is a possibility the large abdominal veins become compressed by the uterus.
Tomorrow we will look at the arrival of the emergency services and the handover…..
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
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