Traditional treatment for shock related to
severe blood loss is aggressive intravenous
(IV) fluid administration.
The purpose is to attempt to restore circulating
blood volume and an adequate blood pressure.
Fluids used in the field are typically either
normal saline (salt water solution) or Lactated
Ringer’s solution (balanced solution); also referred to
This treatment method is currently endorsed by the
American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
Current guideline is to give trauma patients with shock
two or more
liters of fluid.
Treatment of Severe Blood Loss