Outline the initial management of an unconscious hypotensive patient

The ABCs (airway, breathing, and circulation) are essential. Unconscious patients require rapid and definitive airway control. The trachea should be intubated in a rapid-sequence fashion. Establish numerous large-gauge sites of intravenous access, using either short 14-or 16-G catheters peripherally or 9 Fr introducers into the central circulation. Quickly bolus the patient with at least 2 L of balanced crystalloid solution. Failure to respond indicates a need for blood. If crossmatched blood is unavailable, transfuse O-negative or type-specific red blood cells. If more than 2 units of O-negative red bloods cells is given, continue administering O-negative blood. Establish an arterial catheter for continuous monitoring and blood analysis (arterial blood gases, hematocrit, platelet count, coagulation profiles, and blood chemistries).

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