Shock States - PT505

Shock States

Knowing the Similarities and Differences is Vital

by Nancy Mannion Bonalumi, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN
(4.5 / 354 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Early identification of patients at risk for shock facilitates diagnosis and treatment. Clinicians can assess patients for the clinical signs of shock by frequently monitoring vital signs, including urinary output and skin color and perfusion, and noting signs of organ system dysfunction. Promoting patient comfort and providing patient and family education about shock and its treatment are other important aspects of nursing care. Enforcing infection control techniques can reduce nosocomial infections, a common source of sepsis for acutely ill patients. As key members of the healthcare team, nurses and physical therapists play an important part in the management of patients with shock.


The purpose of this shock state continuing education program for nurses and physical therapists is to increase understanding of the four types of shock states, including risk factors, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, and treatment. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the four types of shock
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of shock states
  • Discuss the treatment goals for each type of shock

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physical therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 19S1778 for 10/10/19 to 10/10/20).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval 1801-270 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/14/15 to 12/14/19.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/31/19 to 07/31/21.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 11/10/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/18/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/18/2020


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Michael G - St. Louis, MO  ·  Dec 11, 2019
Easy to understand summary!
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Katrina G - Clearwater Beach, FL  ·  Sep 17, 2019
Excellent information r/t signs of shock and symptom mgmt. various types of shock
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ANN M - valencia, CA  ·  Jan 13, 2019
good resource for hospital PTs.
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VIRGINIA C - Holland, PA  ·  Nov 18, 2018
Good information. As a course offered to physical therapists, would be helpful to have scenarios related to physical therapy.
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Carol B - Waccabuc, NY  ·  Oct 21, 2018
Good review of symptoms to report to MD
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Price: $19.00
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