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What is first aid for shock?

| Sep 17, 2019 | workers' compensation

A serious work injury in Arizona can result in shock, a dangerous condition in which tissues and organs stop functioning properly because there is not enough blood circulating through the system. 

If you suspect that a co-worker has gone into shock following a workplace accident, it is important to call 911 right away and then administer first aid. Healthline describes the necessary steps to follow when someone may be in shock. 

1. Keep the affected individual warm

It is important to regulate the body temperature of someone in shock. One of the symptoms of shock is cool, clammy skin. You can use a blanket or extra clothes to counteract the effect and keep the individual warm and comfortable. 

2. Place the individual in the shock position

In other words, lay the individual supine (lying on the back) and elevate the feet 12 inches or more. The individual’s survival may depend on getting blood to where it is most needed in the vital organs, and the position helps to direct it there. 

3. Do regular checks of breathing and heart rate

If the person is unconscious, this should be the first step. Perform CPR in the absence of pulse and/or respiration. 

Most importantly, do not hesitate to act if you suspect a case of shock. Acting quickly to perform the necessary first aid could mean the difference between life and death for the person affected. If you are the person who may have gone into shock, perform whichever of the above steps you can, prioritizing placing yourself in the shock position and calling 911. 

The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.

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