Pale, Cold and Clammy skin
Shock is a failure to the circulatory system where the vital organs are not getting enough oxygenated blood. The body begins to shut down to get as much blood back to the vital organs
3 Signs and Symptoms of Shock are....
If the casualty is pale what should you do?
Treat the cause and “RAISE THE TAIL”… ( Raise the Legs if safe to do so) This takes the blood back to the vital organs
If in Shock can we give them food or drink? A sweet tea maybe?
No, we can moisten the lips but no food or drink as it may delay an operation if required.
Common causes include:
- Pale, cold, clammy skin
- Rapid weak pulse
- Rapid shallow breathing
- Treat the cause of shock
- Lay the casualty down on the floor
- Elevate and support the legs ( If Pale raise the Tail) as long as not head or chest conditions!
- Reassure the casualty
- Keep the casualty warm
- Dial 999 / 112 for an ambulance
- Nil by mouth
This guidance is great but no substitute for a practical First Aid course.
We teach Shock training in more detail on the following courses.