We’ve gathered together some of the most frequently asked questions to us as healthcare professionals, and dispelled some myths. Drugs, alcohol, weapons and violence in general – read about it below!
The truth is there is no safe place to be stabbed.
The human body has literally thousands of blood vessels in every nook and cranny.
The three major types of blood vessels – arteries, veins, and capillaries – all work together, When the heart contracts, blood is pumped into arteries that carry it away from the heart, blood is oxygenated in the lungs and arteries take oxygenated blood all round the body. Arteries are connected to tiny, thin-walled blood vessels called capillaries, which allow oxygen to move from the blood into the cells of the body. Then veins carry deoxygenated blood from the capillary system back to the heart. The body has 60,000 miles worth of blood vessels enough to circle the globe more than twice.
The blood in arteries is at higher pressure than the blood in veins so if an artery is injured, blood leaves the blood vessel and the body very quickly.
Loss of blood can occur very quickly particularly if an artery is injured. An adult can bleed out in around 5 minutes or sometimes less and you can lose an unsurvivable amount of blood without seeing any blood externally. As the amount of blood loss increases you go into shock.