Shock: First Aid

Shock is defined by medicinenet.com as “In medicine, a critical condition that is brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow through the body.” This suggest that one’s circulatory system has failed to maintain adequate blood flow, which is needed to deliver oxygen and nutrient to vital organs. This failure within one’s circulation system also compromises the kidneys and causes wastes removal from the body to be restricted.
Signs and Symptoms: hypotension, overbreathing (hyperventilation), restlessness, dizziness, confusion, cool moist skin, anxiety, delayed capillary refill time, weakness, and or rapid pulse.
What Causes Shock? Heart condition, heavy internal and external bleeding such as from a serious injury or rupture of a blood vessel, dehydration, especially when severe or related to heat illness, Infection (septic shock), severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock), spinal injuries (neurogenic shock), and or burns.
Treatment for Shock: According to First Aid, Self-Care at Home- recognize, call 911 and do not wait for symptoms to worsen, and stay with the person until EMS arrives. Follow First Aid’s guidelines by checking the person’s airways, breathing and circulation. If trained administer CPR. If a person is breathing on his or her own, continue to check breathing every 2 minutes until help arrive. Do Not move the person unless he or she is in imminent danger of further injury. If the person is lying down, elevate feet above head if he or she is not suffering from pain in legs. Do Not raise the head. Keep the person warm and comfortable if need blanket then cover him or her. Do Not give fluids to mouth even at the request of the person. Give appropriate first aid for any injuries if you are trained to do so. Apply direct pressure to any wounds that are bleeding significantly.

Food For Thought
Spiritual Shock
Are we energy deprived, spiritually malnourished, emotionally drained, and blessings deprived? When is the last time we partake of spiritual food? If our thought process is over-flooded with negativity, we are in spiritual shock and we need to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV). If we are feeling rejected, we are in spiritual shock and we need to “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NIV).
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Fredina Weems

Fredina J. Usher-Weems’ passion for the field of health and wellness began at the young age of 12, when neighborhood friends and family members declared her the fitness instructor at the daycare center her parents owned in Cleveland, Ohio.  Fredina states that “when the kids came in, we started our morning off doing laps, jumping jacks, and push-ups.”

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