Critical Blood Loss Demands Fluid Resuscitation to Fight Hypovolemic Shock - 16-GANN-F3-0030

Critical Blood Loss Demands Fluid Resuscitation to Fight Hypovolemic Shock

by Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN and Preethum Prithviraj, MSHS, NREMT-P and Guy H. Haskell, PhD, JD, REMT-P
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This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

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Hypovolemia occurs for a variety of reasons. Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea can deplete intravascular volumes. Excessive diuresis from diabetes insipidus or diabetic ketoacidosis can also reduce intravascular volumes. When caring for trauma patients, hypovolemic shock is due to blood loss from sustained injuries. A blood loss of 20% of total blood volume is considered hypovolemic shock. Hypovolemia is not always obvious. Patients with abdominal or chest injuries or fractures may bleed internally. Hypovolemic shock can be life-threatening in most trauma situations. Undetected or undertreated compensatory hypovolemic shock can progress to decompensated shock. The entire trauma team must remain alert for the signs of hypovolemic shock.


The purpose of this program is to inform paramedics about fluid resuscitation of patients in hypovolemic shock caused by blood loss. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the stages of hypovolemic shock
  • Describe the clinical manifestations of hypovolemic shock
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of fluids used to treat hypovolemic shock

Accreditation Information
This course is designed for EMTs and Paramedics.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Advanced CEH by OnCourse Learning, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
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Course Originally Released on: 1/15/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/24/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/1/2019

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Chris K - Plano, TX  ·  Mar 16, 2018
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Natasha U - Homestead, FL  ·  Mar 15, 2018
course is very informative
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Daniel M - Dallas, TX  ·  Mar 13, 2018
Very complete. Thank you very much.
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Kurt S - Lexington, VA  ·  Mar 13, 2018
Very nice. Thank you!
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Patricia S - Fly Creek, NY  ·  Mar 10, 2018
This course had a good definition of various fluid replacements and effects
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