Bleeding

  • Alternative Names

    Blood loss; Open injury bleeding


    Symptoms
    • Blood coming from an open wound
    • Bruising
    • Shock, which may cause any of the following symptoms:
      • Confusion or decreasing alertness
      • Clammy skin
      • Dizziness or light-headedness after an injury
      • Low blood pressure
      • Paleness (pallor)
      • Rapid pulse, increased heart rate
      • Shortness of breath
      • Weakness

    Symptoms of internal bleeding may also include:

    • Abdominal pain and swelling
    • Chest pain
    • External bleeding through a natural opening
      • Blood in the stool (appears black, maroon, or bright red)
      • Blood in the urine (appears red, pink, or tea-colored)
      • Blood in the vomit (looks bright red, or brown like coffee-grounds)
      • Vaginal bleeding (heavier than usual or after menopause)
    • Skin color changes that occur several days after an injury (skin may black, blue, purple, yellowish green)