Traumatic shock is a life-threatening medical condition that can occur due to a general lack of blood flow or decreased circulation. It often follows a serious injury, such as dehydration, heatstroke, hypothermia, heart failure, trauma or severe hemorrhage, burns or allergic reactions. In an emergency situation, knowing how to administer first aid to a person with traumatic shock can mean the difference between life and death. Here is a quick and simple guide for treating people with traumatic shock. (h/t to Survivopedia.com)
Traumatic shock is the body’s defensive response to a sudden drop in blood pressure. When you do not have enough blood circulating in your body, your body tries to conserve the remaining blood flow by limiting it to your vital organs. This means that it narrows the blood vessels that lead to your hands and feet. However, shock will also cause your body to produce the hormone adrenaline, which can reverse the body’s initial response of constricting the blood vessels. Traumatic shock can be fatal if left untreated. (Related: Homeopathic Remedies Treat Shock.)
Some common symptoms of traumatic shock include pale, cold and clammy skin, irregular breathing, sweating, general weakness, thirst, nausea, dizziness, unconsciousness, a drop in body temperature and a rapid heart rate. If the person’s heart rate is higher than 100 beats per minute, it might be a sign of traumatic shock.
Your two primary goals in treating a person with traumatic shock are to maintain proper body temperature and improve blood circulation so that the vital organs get the oxygen they need. At the same time, you should minimize any unnecessary movement, as this may cause further damage. If your companion is suffering from traumatic shock, here is what you need to do:
These first aid tips are only meant to buy time until qualified professionals arrive, so it is important that you seek medical assistance for your injured companion as soon as possible. While waiting for help to arrive, do not allow your companion to eat or drink anything.
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