The moments after a motor vehicle accident are critical, especially if you have suffered injuries and are losing blood. Stemming the flow of blood from a wound is one of the first steps medical responders take. However, sometimes seconds count, and in many circumstances, the bleeding may be internal and not visible even to the trained eye.
It is important that those who respond to your accident and the medical team in the Texas emergency room recognize the symptoms that accompany a rapid and severe drop in the volume of blood in your body. However, you can be aware of those symptoms yourself so you can alert others if you are going into shock from loss of blood. Hypovolemic shock is your body's reaction to severe blood loss, which is the loss of 15 percent or more of your blood volume.
Fighting for your life
While hypovolemic shock can occur because of other medical conditions, such as a ruptured aneurysm, doctors should be especially alert for its symptoms if you were recently involved in a serious traffic accident. For example, if you should seem pale and anxious, this could indicate that you are in the early stages of shock from blood loss. As the volume of blood loss increases, you may experience any of these symptoms:
- Increased heart rate
- More rapid breathing
- High diastolic numbers on your blood pressure reading
- Increased anxiety and restlessness
As your blood loss reaches 40 percent, which is about 2,000 milliliters of your body's four to five liters of blood, your pulse will become weak and your heart rate increase. You may struggle to breathe and lose consciousness. Other symptoms, such as paleness, sweating and clammy skin, will be more intense. At this point, you are in danger, and quick medical action is vital.
Blood tests can confirm that you are in hypovolemic shock, but an emergency room doctor or emergency medical technician should recognize the symptoms immediately and begin treating you, including stopping the blood flow and replacing the fluids you have lost. Since blood carries oxygen to every part of your body, it is vital to take action quickly to prevent organ damage or heart failure.
Injuries that cause severe blood loss may be just the beginning of your struggles after a serious motor vehicle accident. If your accident resulted from the careless or reckless actions of another driver, you have the right to seek legal recourse. A consultation with an attorney can provide the information you need to proceed.