Continuing Professional Development: Basic pathophysiology of shock

OverviewThis continuing professional development (CPD) module will focus on the basic underlying physiology of shock; an acute syndrome of inadequate tissue perfusion. Shock is a medical emergency requiring urgent attention and transport to hospital. Given its vast aetiological range, it is an important topic for paramedics and ambulance staff to understand.Learning OutcomesAfter completing this module you will:• Appreciate the physiology of the cardiovascular system in health.• Understand the categorisation of shock.• Be able to describe the aetiology and presentation of haemorrhagic, septic and anaphylactic shock, and formulate a basic management plan.

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