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Treating shock in the field

Shock can result from any serious injury.

  • Symptoms include pale, cold, clammy skin; rapid pulse; shallow breathing; and fear in the victim.
  • To treat shock:
    • Keep the victim lying on his or her back.
      • In some cases, shock victims improve by raising their feet 8–10 inches.
      • If the victim is having trouble breathing, raise the victim’s head and shoulders about 10 inches rather than raising the feet.
    • Maintain normal body temperature, and loosen any restrictive clothing.
    • Try to keep the victim calm and comfortable, and get medical help as quickly as possible.
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