Shock

When the heart and blood vessels are not able to deliver enough blood to the vital organs, the body goes into shock. Shock requires immediate medical treatment.

Early signs of shock (most of these will be present)

  • Light-headedness or feeling that you are going to pass out
  • Restlessness, confusion, or signs of fear
  • Shallow, rapid breathing
  • Moist, cool skin; possibly profuse sweating
  • Weakness
  • Increased thirst, nausea, and/or vomiting

Late signs of shock

  • Changes in level of consciousness, such as sudden unresponsiveness, faintness, loss of consciousness, or behaviour changes
  • Pale face, blue lips, and/or earlobes

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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