If someone was bleeding internally, could you tell from the outside by looking?


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From the Red Cross :

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Signs of internal bleeding include:

  • Tender, swollen, bruised or hard areas of the body, such as the abdomen
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Skin that feels cool or moist, or looks pale or bluish
  • Vomiting blood or coughing up blood
  • Excessive thirst
  • An injured extremity that is blue or extremely pale
  • Altered mental state, such as the person becoming confused, faint, drowsy, or unconscious

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Depends where the bleeding is. For example if you break your femur and the bone cuts the femoral artery you can lose your entire bodies blood supply inside your pelvic cavity and not display any physical signs. Baseline vitals would still indicate a bleed but just by looking, you couldn't tell.

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