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marie

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marie asked the Naked Scientists:

Just a quick question.

If you have your jugular vein, brachial artery or femoral artery cut, how long will it take someone to bleed out?  Having a heated discussion with someone about it.  he says 36 hours, and i say he's nuts, would be just a matter of minutes.  Who's right?

What do you think?

RD

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How quickly can someone bleed to death from a cut artery?
« Reply #1 on: 06/09/2008 14:45:42 »
An adult heart pumps blood at several litres per minute.
An adult has about 4 or 5 litres of blood.
So could bleed to death in a few minutes.

(Don't try this at home)

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How quickly can someone bleed to death from a cut artery?
« Reply #2 on: 06/09/2008 17:40:02 »
Of course, if it's just a small cut...

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« Reply #3 on: 21/07/2011 01:27:59 »
depends on the artery, with some arteries like the Dorsalis Pedis Artery you'll have a few minutes, but with the Aorta, Femoral or Carotid Artery, your dead, you'll drop out-cool immediately from the blood pressure drop, and bleed out in less than a minute

 

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