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Hypovolaemic shock: assessment, pathophysiology and nursing care

Moruzzi, M. & McLeod, A. (2017). Hypovolaemic shock: assessment, pathophysiology and nursing care. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 13(3), pp. 126-132. doi: 10.12968/bjnn.2017.13.3.126


Hypovolaemia leads to a number of key physiological responses which require systematic assessment and interpretation. This article focuses on a case study involving a patient with Parkinson’s disease who became hypovolaemic following a fall at home, to illustrate the impact of hypovolaemia and current recommendations regarding fluid resuscitation. ABCDE assessment is considered as well as arterial blood gas analysis and interpretation is explained in light of the patient scenario.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Hypovolaemia, shock, colloids, crystalloids, arterial blood gases, rhabdomyolysis, orthostatic hypotension
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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