Understanding hypovolaemic, cardiogenic and septic shock
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Understanding hypovolaemic, cardiogenic and septic shock

Sharon Garretson Nurse manager, Intensive Care Unit and Step-Down Unit, University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, Richmond Heights, Ohio, United States
Shelly Malberti Clinical co-ordinator, Intensive Care Unit and Step-Down Unit, University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, Richmond Heights, Ohio, United States

Shock is a complex physiological syndrome. If it is not detected and treated promptly, it can lead to death. This article reviews and summarises the latest findings, treatment and nursing and medical interventions for three of the most common forms of shock, namely, hypovolaemic, cardiogenic and septic shock.

Nursing Standard. 21, 50,46-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.08.21.50.46.c4608

Correspondence

Sharon.garretson@UHhospitals.org

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review