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Stages of Shock

Shock is usually caused by poor perfusion and hypotension

Shock is usually caused by poor perfusion and hypotension usually follows after the natural mechanisms of the body have failed.

Very low blood pressure, trauma, multipliable burns to the body, internal or external bleeding, being subjected to become overheated and cause hyperthermia or become overcooled and cause hypothermia, are some of the conditions that can cause the body to go into shock and may cause death.

In the medical field two types of shock are talked about and those who are doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMT’s, hospital emergency staff, and medical first responders need to know what is the difference between compensated shock and decompensated shock.

Compensated shock usually has symptoms such as weakness, lightheadedness, thirst, pale colored skin, tachycardia, sweating, elevated respiratory rate, decreased urine output, and a weakened peripheral pulse.

Decompensated shock usually has systems such as hypotension, altered mental status, and cardiac arrest.

Other terms or medical conditions associated with shock that are used in the medical field are early shock, late shock, low volume shock, high space shock, mechanical shock, and septic shock.

Early shock and late shock are two other conditions that medical professionals need to be aware of and monitored.

Early shock is the early stage of shock when body is using its natural mechanisms and compensating from the trauma it received.

Late shock is the late stage of shock when the body stops using its natural mechanisms and is unable to compensate blood flow to the brain, heart, vital organs, and human tissue throughout the body and will lead to death if a the shock victim does not receive aggressive assessment and management.

The three common states of shock are called low volume shock and high space shock, and mechanical shock.

Low volume shock is usually cause by a blood hemorrhage, excessive vomiting, excessive diarrhea, hyperthermia, hypothermia or a significant loss of body fluid can cause low volume shock.

High space shock is usually caused by a spinal injury, malfunction in the nervous system, fainting, attack from bacteria or germs, and types of overdoses are some things that can cause high spae shock.

Mechanical shock can be caused by a vehicle collision, gun shot, explosion, fluid around the heart, impairment of respiration or blood circulation, major artery blockage in the lung, or a few other things that could cause mechanical shock.

Septic shock is not among the three common states of shock, but septic shock is just as dangerous and just as deadly as the common states of shock.

Septic shock can be caused by a weakened immune system because of a attack of bacteria or germs inside the body, untreated diabetes, AIDS, infections, catheters, surgery, medical procedures, and sepic shock can affect any or all parts of the body to include the brain, liver, heart, kidneys, intestines, and could result in death if not treated immediately.

If a person you see appears to have a altered mental status level of consciousness and does not respond to pinching or voice commands, you need to call 911 because the altered mental status level of consciousness could result in shock and the death of a person.

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