Patients with haemorrhagic shock of all degrees present to accident and emergency (A&E) departments regularly. This study examined 43 such patients who presented to one department over a 14-week period. The adequacy of their fluid replacement was judged in comparison with Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) recommendations according to the degree of shock they appeared to have on presentation. The study found that more training may be required on the appropriate recognition and treatment of haemorrhagic shock.
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