A 43-year-old member asked:
if i by mistake cut a vein/artery how fast do i need to get to the hospital before it's too late?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Phlebology 47 years experience
Depends.: A vein is a low pressure system and an artery is a high pressure system. Most venous bleeding except the larger major veins can be controlled with elevation and direct pressure. Arteries, on the other hand, because of the high pressure may not stop with pressure alone. If a vein is cut you should have ample time to get to a hospital. If an artery is cut, get to a hospital as soon as you can.
Last updated May 10, 2018
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