Septic shock is a serious and often life threatening emergency medical condition in which the blood pressure is extremely low. Insufficient blood therefore reaches the body tissues and this means that not enough oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the body. Medical shock is a serious circulatory condition not to be confused with emotional shock or surprise. Learn more about shock and the symptoms in this medical how-to video.
Seek emergency medical attention
Receive specific therapy
Receive infusion of intravenous fluids
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Dr. Susan McGladdery is a medical graduate from Oxford University in the UK and has a Master's Degree in Medical Sciences from Cambridge University. She has been a member of the Royal College of Physicians since 1991 and a member of the American Academy of Urgent Care since 2006. She trained as a Family Physician in the UK in Oxford and then in London. In a medical career that spans over 20 years, she has worked as a doctor in 5 countries on 3 continents and cared for patients from a multitude of different nationalities and backgrounds. Dr. McGladdery joined FirstMed Centers in mid 2002 and became Regional Medical Director in 2003.