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Diagnosis and management of shock in the emergency department.
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PMID:  24883457     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Shock is a state of acute circulatory failure leading to decreased organ perfusion, with inadequate delivery of oxygenated blood to tissues and resultant end-organ dysfunction. The mechanisms that can result in shock are divided into 4 categories: (1) hypovolemic, (2) distributive, (3) cardiogenic, and (4) obstructive. While much is known regarding treatment of patients in shock, several controversies continue in the literature. Assessment begins with identifying the need for critical interventions such as intubation, mechanical ventilation, or obtaining vascular access. Prompt workup should be initiated with laboratory testing (especially of serum lactate levels) and imaging, as indicated. Determining the intravascular volume status of patients in shock is critical and aids in categorizing and informing treatment decisions. This issue reviews the 4 primary categories of shock as well as special categories, including shock in pregnancy, traumatic shock, septic shock, and cardiogenic shock in myocardial infarction. Adherence to evidence-based care of the specific causes of shock can optimize a patient's chances of surviving this life-threatening condition.
Jeremy B Richards; Susan R Wilcox
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine practice     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1524-1971     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med Pract     Publication Date:  2014 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-06-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100889097     Medline TA:  Emerg Med Pract     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-22; quiz 22-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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