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Caring for patients with haemorrhagic shock

Author: Elizabeth Gallimore

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2021 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Students, Qualified nurses Language: English

Course description

The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive overview of haemorrhagic shock. The main focus will be on the causes, risk factors, presenting symptoms and management strategies, incorporating best practice guidelines.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Define haemorrhagic shock
  • Describe the distinguishing characteristics of haemorrhagic shock
  • Explain the main causative factors of haemorrhagic shock
  • Identify the pathophysiological responses secondary to rapid blood loss and exsanguination
  • Outline your knowledge in relation to symptom identification and management strategies
  • Explain the implications of early identification and medical management of haemorrhagic shock


  • Introduction
  • Pathophysiology and compensatory mechanisms
  • Classification
  • Management strategies
  • Nursing interventions
  • Conclusions


Elizabeth Gallimore
Clinical research practitioner, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Trials, Wirral, England.


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  • Introduction
  • Pathophysiology and compensatory mechanisms
  • Classification
  • Management strategies
  • Nursing interventions
  • Conclusions

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