20% of blood lost will cause Hypovolemic Shock
Hypovolemic shock or (Physiological shock) is a life threatening condition. Shock occurs when the body's vital organs such as the heart and brain are deprived of oxygen due to a condition affecting the circulatory system. As paediatric first aiders it is important:
Now we know that there are many conditions that can cause shock. As mentioned recognition is the most important. In many cases when shock is recognised we can treat it.
We will look at early stages and later stages. Shock itself can develop slowly or very fast.
There are many causes of shock and we will look at some of them. The aim is to recognise shock and the stages that a child my go through. There is no doubt the final stages of shock means the child is close to death. Some of the common causes.
TREAT THE CAUSE
Treat the initial problem first for example if the child is bleeding, patch them up. The blood loss is allowing the shock to progress. By treating the cause first you begin to BUY TIME
What is a Dressing?
The differences between a dressing and a bandage
a dressing has a pad which tends to be sterile and used on open wounds the bandage can be used to apply a sterile pad, however they tend to be used for sprains and strains.
Dressing has 3 parts
There are 3 types of bleed that should be recognised :
SHOUT FOR HELP!
Get your gloves on and ensure your helper has their gloves on.
It is important control blood loss. Try to elevate and apply a dressing with pad directly over the wound.
Should blood seep through the dressing apply a second dress with firm pressure and elevate.
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