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can you tell me how doctors treat hypovolemic shock?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
39 years experience Trauma Surgery
Volume: Depends on cause. If from dehydration, we give IV fluids. If from blood loss, we try to control the bleeding first before trying to improve the blood pressure. Just increasing the blood pressure can make the bleeding worse. We monitor with central IV lines, urine output and blood pressure catheter in the artery in the wrist.
Answered on Jun 18, 2014
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Hypovolemic shock: The term means there is not enough blood volume to support normal perfusion. We infuse saline or other blood volume expanders. If the patient is very anemic at the same time, whole blood may be part of the fluid replacement.
Answered on Aug 7, 2014

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