Procedure related shock can cause serious harm and death if not treated quickly. Knowing the signs to watch for, along with a prompt and appropriate response, can help save lives.
Family members will often identify changes in the patient’s alertness and level of awareness; as well as the patient’s restlessness and agitation. Deterioration may not be recognized or acted upon by healthcare providers, resulting in preventable patient safety incidents. Monitoring, observation, family consultation and communication are key to managing this risk (HIROC, 2016).
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