Please stop using the phrase “I think he’s in shock”

Yes, I’m talking to you, civilians.

The way you use it is based on watching too much TV and when used in that sense it means “he’s scared.”

The way we use it means something completely different.

So, call 911 for your silly reasons, but stick to the facts and keep your two cents to yourselves. Leave the assessment to us. If you think you know better than we do, then don’t call us and drive yourselves to the hospital. In fact, better yet, skip the hospital and treat yourselves at home since you probably think you know better than the physicians too.

3 thoughts on “Please stop using the phrase “I think he’s in shock””

  1. I will tell a 911 operator that and I will mean it in the same way medical professionals do and it’s because I’m trained in first aid and as such have learned how to recognize signs of shock. It means, I’m possibly looking for help in dealing with the person in front of me or trying to communicate the urgency of the situation. When you arrive, by all means do your own assessment but while you aren’t on scene, get off your high horse and have a smidgen of trust in the people that are.

    1. Wow. Well, Burned Out Medic, we better watch out! This guy took a first aid class! When I get on scene, I’ll be sure to go straight to him to get his ‘medical’ input prior to seeing my patient.

      Shady, I’d ask you to list some signs of shock, but I know you’ll just Google them. Thus proving nothing.

      Lastly, to Medic. I totally agree with you. I try to explain to people, whenever I go to a call like this, the difference between being ‘in shock’ and being ‘shocked.’ Such as, “This guy is bleeding internally and he is in shock,” compared to, “Some old lady hit a fence post with her car and she is shocked and startled from the incident. Just simply shocked!”

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