How long will it take to bleed to death from traumatic bilateral severing of femoral arteries in normal, healthy 30 year old male
It would take only a short period of time, like less than a couple minutes if there isn't immediate intervention, like putting pressure on the vessels. I saw an older gentleman with one femoral artery severed recently in the trauma bay that died in about 5 minutes and that was with a doctor immediately available trying to resuscitate him.
Can you provide a basis for your opinion? Perhaps a text, journal or details of the rate blood courses through the femoral artery?
Sure, please give me some time to research this for you and see if I can find some literature on it.
Okay, this is an article stating that they recorded about 195 ml/min of femoral artery flow, and also explains very well how they came up with this data. Thus, if you take this data and consider that typical blood volume is 70ml/kg or usually about 5 liters, and also that a healthy 30 year old would probably die after about a 40% blood loss, then they would die after losing 2 liters or 2000 mL (.40 times 5000ml), and thus if you divide 2000mL by 195 mL/min = 10 minutes. So I was actually off, according to these calculations, it would take 10 minutes, however, this is if ONLY the femoral is cut and the patient is tachycardic, etc.
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