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How does rapid blood loss affect the body?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
You have approximately 5.7 liters of blood in your body. This amount is needed to maintain circulation. Rapidly losing just one liter can result in shock or death. That's why a victim's pulse will quicken then weaken as blood is lost. If someone is bleeding heavily, it is important for you to stay calm and to control the bleeding and get medical help immediately.
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