Substantial blood loss can lead to serious medical complications. The specific amount of blood loss defined as “substantial” varies by each person. However, if bleeding occurs from a deep cut or laceration and does not stop within 5-10 minutes of applying pressure, this could require immediate medical attention.
Substantial blood loss, specifically the loss of 20% of one’s blood, can lead to hypovolemic shock. Hypovolemic shock includes the following symptoms:
- Clammy, cold, and/or discolored skin
- Rapid breathing
- Mental fogginess