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15 years old, found blood in clothes, became unconscious. What could be the reason?

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We're writing a screenplay. Here's the scenario. A 15 year old girl wakes up in the middle of the night and discovers her pajama bottoms are soaked with blood, she faints. An ambulance is called and she's unconscious on the way to the hospital. Would she be given oxygen, and how urgent would the situation be upon arrival to the ER? How would the patient be handled?
Posted Tue, 4 Jun 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E 6 hours later

This seems an interesting screenplay.

Yes, the girl who fainted would be given oxygen in the ambulance the moment she enters it.

Going by the scene of blood soaked pajama bottoms and the fact that she is unconscious - it is obvious that the girl is in a hypovolemic shock due to loss of blood.

In the ambulance, the paramedic would immediately check for her pulses, breathing, and airway - it is called the ABC (A = Airway, B= Breathing, C= Circulation) and assess them and make a note.

On arrival at the ER, the doctors would first check for the site of bleeding on her body and try to restore it. Blood would be arranged immediately for transfusion. Since she is unconscious, the doctors would intubate her and put in a tube through her throat so that she could breathe without any hassles.

This may seem a bit complicated for you to understand. Let me know, I would try to explain in a much easier way.

All the best for your play. Wish you success.


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