First Aid Awareness e-Learning Course

Shock can happen after experiencing something stressful such as an horrific event, heavy blood loss or other reason to cause a lack of blood flow to vital organs.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Chest pain


  • Treat the injury or condition that has caused shock eg blood loss.
  • Sit the person down and eventually lay the person down
  • Raise their legs and support in a position such as a chair
  • Call 999 / 112
  • Reassure them and loosen any tight clothing
  • Keep the person calm and warm