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What is the shock position in first aid?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
Placing a victim in the shock position helps to increase blood return to the heart:
  • Lay victim on back. Don't place pillow under head.
  • Elevate legs (if not painful) above the heart level or a minimum of 8 - 12 inches / 20 - 30 centimeters above head level.
  • Cover to maintain body temperature and keep victim comfortable.
Do not put victim in the shock position if spinal injury is suspected.
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