Substantial Blood Loss

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
  • Weakness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Mental fogginess
Because substantial blood loss can cause fatal medical problems, it is imperative to receive immediate attention from the ER if any or all of these symptoms occur.
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