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First aid for shock

The following advice shows the first aid treatment for shock

1. Someone suffering from shock may have the following symptoms:

Initially - Rapid pulse; pale, cold and clammy skin; sweating.

As shock develops - Rapid shallow breathing; a weak 'thready' pulse; gray/blue skin; weakness and dizziness; nausea and possible vomiting; thirst.

2. Treat any possible causes of shock first.

3. If possible, lay the casualty down on a blanket

4. Raise and support their legs to improve blood supply.

5. Loosen tight clothing at the neck, chest and waist.

6. Keep the casualty warm. Do not let them eat, drink or smoke. If they are thirsty, just moisten their lips with water.

7. Dial 999/112 for an ambulance.

8. Monitor the casualty. If they become unconscious, open their airway and check breathing.

9. Be prepared to perform CPR.

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