problems of bleeding during the 19th century

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expalin the problems of bleeding during surgery was overcome

Posted Thu 7th June, 2012 @ 15:51 by claudia

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Blood loss was a huge problem with surgery in the 18th and 19th century. Many amputations were done and due to the simplicity of the tools used blood loss was a factor which caused death amongst patients whilst on the operating table. When Karl Landsteiner discovered blood groups in 1901 it became possible for surgeons to transfer blood to patients to replace blood that was lost during surgery. This came into full effect during the world wars as blood transfusions helped soldiers with their war injuries. Also because of Karl Landsteiner blood didn't clot as the correct types were used. Another problem was that the plasma would separate from the corpuscles but this was tackled through the discovery of sodium citrate stopping this from happening. Also since tools improved and knowledge of blood vessels improved as well surgeons realised how to manoeuvre their surgical technique to minimise blood loss.

Answered Thu 7th June, 2012 @ 20:51 by Nuha
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Hi I have a powerpoint covering how pain, infection and bloodloss were tackled so check it out :)

Answered Thu 7th June, 2012 @ 16:12 by Priya Farmah
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Blood Loss was a huge problem, because if the patient lost too much blood, this would cause the blood pressure to DROP, which affects the heart, and causes the patient to die. 

Answered Thu 7th June, 2012 @ 18:34 by R.
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I have some revison cards i made on surgery problems and one on solutions to them



hope these help you :)

Answered Thu 7th June, 2012 @ 21:38 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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Answered Mon 1st April, 2019 @ 20:51 by HammadMD