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How does hemorrhagic shock affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hemorrhagic shock decreases the amount of blood circulating to the body's organs, making it more difficult from them to get the oxygen they need to live. To counteract this effect, the heart will beat faster, the receiving tissue will absorb more oxygen from the blood, and the body will reallocate blood supply toward essential organs like the brain. These responses temporarily limit damage, but hemorrhagic shock will produce escalating tissue death and organ malfunction until the circulation of blood begins to increase.

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