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Skin - clammy
Alternative namesClammy skin is cool, moist, and usually pale .
Clammy skin may be an indication of an emergency situation, and the doctor should be notified immediately.
For shock, the patient should lie down on the back with legs elevated about 12 inches. Either call for emergency help or take the victim to a hospital. For heat exhaustion, have the person drink plenty of fluids and move to a cool, shaded environment.
Call your health care provider if
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Note: If the person is hard to awaken, has difficulty breathing , or has a rapid, weak pulse this is an emergency!
Medical history questions documenting clammy skin in detail may include:
Vital signs (temperature, pulse , rate of breathing, blood pressure ) will be monitored, a cause determined, and appropriate emergency measures will be taken.
Update Date: 1/29/2004Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT