When Should You Be Concerned About the Risk of Internal Bleeding?

Internal bleeding can be a very serious medical concern following a physical injury. The causes of internal bleeding can stem from two main types of trauma: blunt trauma and penetrating trauma. Any sign of internal bleeding should be considered a medical emergency.
Kelsie Olsen, Trauma Program Manager at Jordan Valley Medical Center, talks more about the risk of internal bleeding. 
Blunt trauma
This type of injury occurs when part of the body collides with another object, usually at high speed. Blunt trauma can cause the blood vessels in the area to tear. Examples of blunt trauma include car accidents, slips and falls, sports injuries, and physical assault.
Penetrating trauma
This type of injury occurs when a foreign object pierces the skin, leaving an open wound in the body. Examples of penetrating trauma include gunshot wounds, stabbings, falling onto a sharp object, or even a broken bone.
Symptoms of internal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Deep purple skin around injured area
  • Headache and loss of consciousness
Symptoms largely depend on the location and type of trauma. If you suspect internal bleeding, it is important that the injured person be evaluated by emergency medical professionals.
Treatment for internal bleeding
  • Intravenous fluids and blood transfusions
  • Medical observation
  • Surgery
Treatment for internal bleeding due to trauma usually occurs in a hospital's emergency department. Jordan Valley Medical Center is a Utah-designated ER Trauma Center.

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