How to Treat Shock
Prompt home treatment can save the life of a person who is in
- Call 911 or other emergency
- Have the person lie down. If there is an injury to the
head, neck, or chest, keep the legs flat. Otherwise, raise the person's legs at
least 12 in. (30 cm).
the person vomits, roll him or her to one side to let fluids drain from the
mouth. If you think the person might have a neck or back injury, gently roll the
person's head, neck, shoulders, and body together as a unit (logroll).
- Stop any bleeding, and splint any
- Keep the person warm but not hot. Put a blanket under
the person, and cover him or her with a sheet or blanket, depending on the
weather. If the person is in a hot place, try to keep the person
- Take the person's pulse in case medical staff on the phone
need to know how fast or slow it is. Take it again if the person's condition
- Try to keep the person calm.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David Messenger, MD|
|Last Revised||April 5, 2012|