What are the signals that someone is going into shock?

It is important to recognize the symptoms of shock because early treatment can be life saving. There are multiple causes of shock, including infection, low blood volume and/or severe heart disease. Some of the signals that someone is going into shock may include the following:
  • low blood pressure
  • rapid, weak or absent pulse
  • confusion or change in consciousness
  • cool or clammy skin
  • decreased urine output
  • rapid breathing
Signals include:
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • An altered level of consciousness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pale or ashen cool, moist skin
  • Rapid breathing and pulse
  • Excessive thirst

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