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What are the symptoms of hypovolemic shock?

What are the symptoms of hypovolemic shock?

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. ...Read more

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Shock (Definition)

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


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What causes hypovolemic shock?

What causes hypovolemic shock?

Massive fluid losses: This can be either from excessive diarrhea, blood loss, or sometimes from diuretic use. There may be many other causes but usually fluid losses in the range of 4-5 liters are required. ...Read more

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How do you treat hypovolemic shock?

How do you treat hypovolemic shock?

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

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How do you treat hypovolemic shock?

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How do you treat  hypovolemic shock?

Hypovolemic shock: Replacing the deficits, such as blood or fluids. ...Read more

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How do people treat hypovolemic shock?

How do people treat hypovolemic shock?

See below: This is a medical emergency depends on cause generally intravenous fluids and medication to support blood pressure other treatments depend on specific cause. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hypovolemic shock?

What are the tests for hypovolemic shock?

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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What does it mean to go into hypovolemic shock?

Low blood volume: Hypovolemic shock refers to the condition where one has lost so much blood volume that without emergent medical intervention, death will be imminent due to lack of blood flow to all organs of the body. ...Read more

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Could you explain the causes of hypovolemic shock?

See below: Any condition in which there is loss of body fluids in excessive amounts eg bleeding from the GI tract like stomach ulcers, pancreatitis, accidental injuries with blood loss, excessive loose stools and vomiting can result in hypovolemic shock. ...Read more

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What are the compensated, decompensated, and irreversible stages of hypovolemic shock?

What are the compensated, decompensated, and irreversible stages of hypovolemic shock?

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 more

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Hypovolemic Shock (Definition)

Hypovolemic shock is a condition where the body has lost too much fluid or blood in a short time frame. As a result, the heart is unable to pump enough blood to maintain the function of the organs. Symptoms include a rapid heartbeat, cold, clammy ...Read more