- 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
You are now ready to take the end of module test