Shock is a life-threatening medical condition which is the result of insufficient blood flow throughout the body. Medical shock is a medical emergency and could lead to other conditions if left untreated. Medical shock is different than emotional, or psychological, shock that can occur following a traumatic or frightening emotional event.
Anticipate shock in all injured personnel. Treat all injured persons as follows, regardless of what symptoms appear:
· If the victim is conscious, place him on a level surface with the lower extremities elevated 15 to 20 centimeters.