Shock Symptoms and Treatment Advice
Lack of oxygen to the vital organs due to any cause can result in shock.
The trigger factors can include severe decompression illness, hemorrhage, injury, infection, illness, burns, dehydration vomiting, diarrhea, fright or emotional distress.
Shock Signs and Symptoms
- Pale, cold clammy skin
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Weakness, collapse
- Nausea, vomiting
- Confusion, anxiety
- Unconsciousness, death
Treatment for Shock
- Monitor the consciousness, airway and breathing
- Act to prevent further shock; Stop any severe bleeding
- Place the diver in a flat position with elevated legs
- Provide supplementary oxygen
- Protect from the environment (rain, heat, wind)
- Seek medical advice
- Give nothing by mouth
- Place an unconscious diver on the side to avoid aspiration of vomit and to maintain an open airway
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