Nursing Care Plan for Hypovolemic Shock

Nursing Care Plan for Hypovolemic Shock


Hypovolemic shock is a life-threatening condition characterized by a significant decrease in circulating blood volume, leading to inadequate tissue perfusion. As a nurse, your role is crucial in the assessment, management, and support of patients with hypovolemic shock. This nursing care plan aims to outline evidence-based interventions to assess, manage, and support patients with hypovolemic shock.

Patient Assessment:

  • Name: [Patient’s Name]
  • Age: [Patient’s Age]
  • Gender: [Patient’s Gender]
  • Medical History: [Brief summary of patient’s medical history]
  • Etiology of Hypovolemic Shock: [Identify the underlying cause of hypovolemia, such as hemorrhage, fluid loss, or trauma]
  • Medical Diagnosis: Hypovolemic Shock
  • Date of Admission: [Date of Admission]
  • Date of Care Plan: [Date of Care Plan]

Subjective Data:

  • Patients may report symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, or feeling weak.
  • The patient may describe feelings of thirst or dryness in the mouth.
  • Patients may express concerns about their condition and the potential consequences of hypovolemic shock.

Objective Data:

  • Vital signs may reveal hypotension (low blood pressure), tachycardia (rapid heart rate), and weak pulse.
  • The skin may appear cool, pale, and clammy.
  • Laboratory results may show decreased hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, indicating blood loss.

Nursing Diagnosis For Hypovolemic Shock:

  1. Decreased Cardiac Output related to inadequate circulating blood volume.
  2. Ineffective Tissue Perfusion related to hypovolemia and decreased oxygen delivery.
  3. Risk for Impaired Gas Exchange related to decreased tissue perfusion and oxygenation.
  4. Anxiety related to the critical condition and fear of potential complications.
  5. Decreased Cardiac Output related to decreased circulating volume and inadequate tissue perfusion as evidenced by hypotension and weak peripheral pulses.
  6. Deficient Fluid Volume related to excessive fluid loss as evidenced by decreased blood pressure and decreased urine output.
  7. Risk for Infection related to compromised immune response and potential exposure to pathogens during treatment as evidenced by decreased white blood cell count and invasive procedures.

Nursing Interventions for Hypovolemic Shock:

Decreased Cardiac Output:

  1. Monitor vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation, frequently to assess cardiac function.
  2. Administer intravenous fluids, blood products, or vasopressors as prescribed to restore and maintain adequate circulating blood volume.
  3. Position the patient in a semi-Fowler’s position to optimize venous return and cardiac output.
  4. Provide supplemental oxygen as needed to support oxygenation and cardiac function.
  5. Monitor the patient’s vital signs frequently, including blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation levels.
  6. Administer intravenous fluids and blood products as prescribed to restore circulating volume and improve tissue perfusion.
  7. Position the patient in a supine position with the legs elevated, if tolerated, to promote venous return and improve cardiac output.
  8. Administer prescribed vasopressor medications, such as norepinephrine or dopamine, to increase blood pressure and improve cardiac function.
  9. Continuously monitor cardiac rhythm and assess for signs of cardiac compromises, such as chest pain or dysrhythmias.

Ineffective Tissue Perfusion:

  1. Assess the patient’s skin color, temperature, capillary refill, and peripheral pulses regularly.
  2. Elevate the patient’s legs to promote venous return and improve tissue perfusion.
  3. Administer fluids intravenously to restore intravascular volume and improve tissue perfusion.
  4. Collaborate with the healthcare team to monitor laboratory values, such as hemoglobin and hematocrit, to guide fluid and blood product replacement.

Risk for Impaired Gas Exchange:

  1. Monitor the patient’s respiratory status, including respiratory rate, depth, and oxygen saturation.
  2. Administer supplemental oxygen as prescribed to maintain adequate oxygenation.
  3. Assist the patient with deep breathing exercises and provide pain management to minimize respiratory effort and improve gas exchange.
  4. Collaborate with the healthcare team to obtain arterial blood gases and pulse oximetry readings to assess oxygenation and guide interventions.


  1. Provide a calm and reassuring environment to help alleviate anxiety.
  2. Use therapeutic communication techniques to provide emotional support and address the patient’s concerns.
  3. Educate the patient and family about the condition, treatment, and progress to promote understanding and reduce anxiety.
  4. Offer relaxation techniques, such as guided imagery or deep breathing exercises, to help the patient manage anxiety.

Deficient Fluid Volume:

  1. Assess the patient’s fluid balance by monitoring intake and output, including urine output, and measuring daily weights.
  2. Administer intravenous fluids, such as crystalloids or colloids, as prescribed to restore fluid volume and maintain adequate hydration.
  3. Monitor electrolyte levels regularly and provide appropriate replacement based on laboratory results and the patient’s clinical status.
  4. Assess for signs of fluid overload, such as crackles in the lungs or peripheral edema, and adjust fluid therapy accordingly.
  5. Collaborate with a registered dietitian to develop a nutrition plan that supports fluid and electrolyte balance during recovery.

Risk for Infection:

  1. Implement strict infection control measures, including proper hand hygiene and adherence to aseptic techniques during invasive procedures.
  2. Monitor the patient’s temperature regularly and assess for signs of infection, such as increased white blood cell count or localized redness and swelling.
  3. Administer prescribed prophylactic antibiotics as ordered to prevent infection, especially if the patient has an open wound or surgical site.
  4. Educate the patient and family/caregivers about the importance of maintaining good hygiene and seeking prompt medical attention for any signs of infection.
  5. Collaborate with the healthcare team to ensure timely evaluation and management of any signs of systemic infection.

Nursing Evaluation for Hypovolemic Shock:

  1. Improved cardiac output as evidenced by stabilized vital signs and adequate tissue perfusion.
  2. Restoration of effective tissue perfusion demonstrated by improved skin color, temperature, capillary refill, and peripheral pulses.
  3. Maintained or improved gas exchange demonstrated by normal or improved respiratory rate, depth, and oxygen saturation.
  4. Reduced anxiety levels are evidenced by the patient’s ability to remain calm and participate in the care process.
  5. The patient’s cardiac output improves, as evidenced by stable blood pressure, improved peripheral pulses, and increased tissue perfusion.
  6. The patient’s fluid volume is restored, with improved blood pressure and urine output within normal range.
  7. The patient remains free from infection or shows signs of infection resolution with appropriate interventions.
  8. The patient and family/caregivers actively engage in self-care strategies and seek appropriate support when needed.

Documentation: Regularly document the patient’s vital signs, fluid administration, oxygenation status, pain assessments, educational interventions, and the patient’s response to treatment. Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to review and update the care plan based on the patient’s condition and evolving needs.

Note: This nursing care plan is a general guideline and should be individualized based on the patient’s specific needs, etiology of hypovolemic shock, treatment plan, and healthcare provider’s recommendations.


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