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Shock

Summary

  • Shock can be life threatening.
  • If not treated promptly it can lead to rapid patient deterioration and death.
  • Knowledge of the causes and mechanisms of shock can aid in deciding the most appropriate management.
  • Diagnosis can be made on clinical grounds backed by simple investigations.
  • Management is based on optimising ABC and remembering the 2 key equations:

Oxygen Delivery = CO x Oxygen content (Hb x SpO2 x c)

BP = CO x SVR

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