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How To Treat Hypovolemic Shock Quickly
Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more
IV fluids: Hypovolemia means low blood volume, the immediate response is usually intravenous fluid such as saline. The reason for the fluid loss needs to be determined and addressed to correct the underlying problem. ...Read more
When you've lost a lot of blood and you go into hypovolemic shock, how are you treated in the hospital?
Hypovolemic shock: Hopefully you get an IV and rapid volume repletion with colloid and normal saline with transfusion of red blood cells if you've lost enough blood to be dangerously low on rbcs. When stabilized a diagnosis of the cause of the blood loss and treatment of that cause must be done. ...Read more
Good, bad and ugly..: Compensated means even though the blood volume is low the body is maintaining blood pressure and organ perfusion by increasing heart rate and constricting blood vessels. Decompensated means these adaptive mechanisms are no longer enough to maintain adequate perfusion of the organs. When this persists it ultimately causes irreversible multiple organ damage resulting in irreversible shock & death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low bp: Hypovoemic shock is due to loss of circulating blood volume- may occur in severe dehydration, acute blood loss, severe sepsis. Symptoms/ signs are dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure. Treatment- fluids, blood or antibiotics etc depending on the cause. Tests depend on the cause, blood work, monitor bp, swang ganz catheterization in some case. ...Read more
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