Haemorrhage and Hypovolaemia

This micro skills course outlines the physiological response to hypovolaemia, and the strategies used to replace fluid losses with appropriate intravenous fluids and blood products. It also compares the differences in the physiological responses to acute hypovolaemia from haemorrhage with those of fluid loss from causes such as gastro intestinal (GI) loss, noting that the timescale of loss and replacement is longer for these compartments.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of Anaesthetists

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Describe what happens when blood and fluids are lost from body compartments;
  2. Identify the physiological responses and relate these to age;
  3. Recognize that blood pressure (BP) is maintained for longer in young fit adults;
  4. Describe the different IV fluids available and which fluids should be used to replace different losses

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.