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When does hemorrhagic shock result in death?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Hemorrhagic shock, left untreated, can cause death at three different points in its development. First, in the case of severe bleeding, death can occur very soon after the initial injury or internal hemorrhage. Second, deaths can occur within the next few hours due to the gradual failure of the body's tissues. Third, death can occur days later due to organ failure or infection. Even the process of restoring oxygen to the body?s tissues can prove damaging on this timescale.

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