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Hemorrhage – Treatment

January 27, 2021
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Treatment of hemorrhage or bleeding depend on many factors. These include the underlying cause of the bleed, the type of bleed and other comorbidities or bleeding patient might present with. Also sometimes we treat patients with known underlying bleeding disorders before undergoing a procedure preemptively to avoid bleeding. Mild bleeding, due to cuts and scrapes, can be controlled by covering the injured site with a clean towel or dressing and apply pressure. The pressure will aid your body's natural ability to control the bleeding. Bleeding should always be attended to as even minor bleeding can, over time, lead to major blood loss. Once there's a large amount of untreated blood loss, your body goes into shock. Shock due to bleeding is caused by an imbalance of oxygen supply and demand. Since blood carries oxygen to all organs, a reduction in blood flow due to bleeding causes a reduction in oxygen supply. Treatment involves correcting this imbalance, which starts with stopping the bleeding, diagnosing the cause for the bleed, and often also includes blood transfusions, fluid administrations, and supportive care. Blood carries vital nutritions for your body's proper functioning like oxygen. Without blood, there's no oxygen, which means many vital organs can shut down. Therefore not attending to even minor bleeding can cause potential life threatening long-term side effects.

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