Signs & Symptoms:
LOC: Anxious, restless, disoriented
HR: Rapid, weak and, thready
RR: Rapid and shallow
SCTM: Pale, Cool and clammy (may be pink and warm with vasogenic shock)
Symptoms: Patient may feel nauseated and may vomit, and
may complain of dizziness and/or thirst.
BP: Falls, Radial pulse weakens and eventually disappears
Pupils: Progressively slower to respond
Don’t wait for shock. Treat before serious signs develop
Look for and treat underlying causes
Reassure the patient, keep them physically and emotionally calm,
Keep patient warm
Keep the patient flat with legs elevated no more than 12 inches when appropriate
Administer fluids orally if care is extended and the patient can tolerate them.
Monitor the patient closely for deteriorating vital signs.