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A 41-year-old member asked:

The most amout of blood you could possibly lose and still survive in a hospital for 2 or 3 days without a transfusion?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Varies: A healthy person can endure 10-15% blood volume loss before hypotensive shock would threaten them. Someone with severe cardiac disease might not survive lesser amounts of blood loss.
Dr. Spyros Smith
Hospital-based practice 25 years experience
Depends: A young person can endure even greater amounts of blood loss without going into hypotensive shock. They may feel light headed and may have orthostatic hypotension.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 47 years experience
May be 1-2 liters: An healthy individual can withstand probably upto 1liter rapid loss, but after that it may be difficult. If it is slow bleeding, even if you lose 2-3 liters, the body has time to adjust.
Last updated Nov 28, 2014


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