NREMT Advanced EMT

Category - Trauma

Your patient is in shock. Their pulse pressure is narrow and there is a decrease in preload. What type of shock is your patient experiencing?
  1. Aggressive
  2. Decompensated
  3. Compensated
  4. Compensatory
Answer - D - Compensatory shock displays a narrow pulse pressure and a decrease in preload. The systolic blood pressure decreases due to the decrease in preload, however, the diastolic blood pressure will maintain itself due to the increase in peripheral vascular resistance narrowing the difference between the two readings.
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