Figure 1-2. Hemothorax.
(3) Early and severe signs of hypovolemia (abnormally diminished volume
of blood circulating in the body) and shock to include:
(a) Loss of up to three liters of blood, possibly in a short period of time.
(b) Low blood pressure.
Increased heart rate.
A chest x-ray will show:
(a) Collapse of a lung.
(b) Fluid in the pleural space.
b. Treatment for Hemothorax. To treat for hemothorax, you should:
(1) Treat for shock. Follow the general principles of treating for hypovolemic
shock (shock caused by diminished blood volume). Start an IV to replace lost body