Administer oxygen as ordered.
Maintain patient's position to prevent aspiration of vomitus (see
(a) Position the patient's head on one side and place an emesis
basin under the cheek.
(b) Use tissues to wipe vomitus from the nose or mouth in order to
avoid possible aspiration of the vomitus into the lungs.
Figure 3-3. Patient in Fowler's position.
Figure 3-4. Care of patient vomiting.
Facts About Hypovolemic Shock. Hemorrhage secondary to surgery,
which may be internal or external, may cause hypovolemic shock. The loss of blood or
fluid volume does not have to be rapid or in copious amounts to cause shock.