Sunday, 6 May 2012


(Severe low blood pressure)

Blood pressure too low to support vital functions. Shock can occur from the following conditions: bleeding, dehydration, heart failure, overwhelming infection (sepsis), severe trauma, severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), or spinal trauma.

Anxiety, agitation, confusion, cool clammy skin, low or no urine output, bluish lips and fingernails, dizziness, light-headedness, profuse sweating, moist skin, rapid weak pulse, shallow breathing, coma.

Therapy is aimed at reversing the cause of the shock, and elevating the blood pressure. The following are used to raise the blood pressure: intravenous fluids, pressors (dopamine, norepinephrine, phenylephrine), and or blood transfusions.
Tests will be done to determine the cause of the shock.

Other Specific Tests:
Blood cultures, Urine cultures