Collisions and shock

By Alicia Jarvis
Updated on August 2, 2021


Following a collision, a person has been injured. What would be a warning sign for shock?

Rapid shallow breathing – The symptoms of shock may not be immediately apparent. A rapid heartbeat, sweating, and pale grey skin are other warning signs to look for.

Still be on the lookout for those who appear to be unharmed since they may be suffering from shock and are unaware of their injuries.


What to do if someone is suffering from shock?

Prompt therapy can assist in dealing with shock.

Give the individual nothing to eat or drink. If their condition is serious enough to necessitate surgery, it is preferable if their stomach is empty.

To enhance the flow of blood to their head, lie them down with their head low and their legs raised and supported.

For medical assistance, dial 999 or 112. Say you believe the person is in shock and describe what you believe caused it (such as bleeding or a heart attack).

Loosen any clothes that are too tight around the person’s neck, chest, and waist to avoid restricting blood flow.

Fear and discomfort can exacerbate shock by raising the body’s demand for oxygen, so it’s critical to keep the person comfortable, warm, and calm while you wait for help. Cover them with a coat or blanket while comforting and reassuring them.

Continue to monitor their breathing, pulse, and level of responsiveness.

If they go unconscious at any point, open their airway, check their breathing, and prepare to treat someone who has gone unconscious.