October 29, 2020

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When a Person Goes Into Shock


In a survival or collapse situation, you are going to see a number of different injuries. These injuries could range from minor to severe and even life-threatening. How you react to these situations could dictate a lot. If someone you love is in a bad situation you want to at least have the knowledge to help them deal with that.

The human body is very resilient and can bounce back from tremendous odds. If you know enough to give the body just a little help, it can go a long way.

In this article, we are going to talk about dealing with shock. When the body goes into shock it means that your blood pressure is too low and you cannot get enough oxygenated blood to circulate through the body. This is why people are often very pale and their heartbeat is often rapid.

Other signs and symptoms of shock include:

  • Thirst
  • Irritability
  • Cold Sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

If you find someone in a situation where they are experiencing shock from trauma or heart attack there are some simple steps you can take. These might not be enough to save a person but it could be all the difference. The likelihood of recovery from something like going into shock depends on many factors.

  1. Once you have stopped any immediate bleeding you are going to want to lay the person down.
  2. Using an emergency blanket or other means, you need to keep the person warm. Keeping them warm is very important to helping re-establish that blood flow to vital organs and the entire body.
  3. Next, you are going to raise the legs 2-3 feet to help the blood get back to the heart.
  4. Monitor the person and be sure they are comfortable, breathing and their head is turned to the side to avoid choking on vomit.

Injury and illness are no fun but having the ability to administer basic first aid can make all the difference.