Shock is a dangerous condition and can be fatal. Expect some degree of shock in any emergency. DO NOT give anything by mouth.
Shock may occur when there is a disturbance in blood circulation that can upset all bodily functions.
May include: Unusual weakness or faintness; cold, pale, clammy skin; rapid, weak pulse; shallow, irregular breathing; chills; nausea; unconsciousness.
- Call 911 or your local EMS and don’t move the victim or give him or her anything by mouth.
- If the victim has traumatic shock (for example, has been hit by a bus), DO NOT turn head, as the victim’s neck might be broken.
- Maintain an open airway. If victim vomits, gently turn head to side.
- Keep victim warm and lying flat.