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First Aid for Shock

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Shock occurs when blood flow throughout the body is decreased and the body tissues don't get enough oxygen. This lack of oxygen causes injury to many body systems. There may be brain, kidney, or heart damage; loss of a limb; and intestinal problems.

What are the causes and risks of the injury?

There are many causes for shock, including:

  • heart attacks
  • severe trauma, such as a serious motor vehicle accident
  • infections
  • diabetes
  • loss of blood
  • head injury
  • anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction
  • severe vomiting
  • hypothermia, or a drop in body temperature due to cold exposure
  • severe diarrhea
  • Shock is a life-threatening condition and requires emergency medical treatment immediately.


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    First Aid for Shock: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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