Medic7922 Posted 22 October , 2013 Share Posted 22 October , 2013 Given the novelty of blood transfusion in the Great War I would suggest that simply transfusing "some" blood would be enough. The connection between shock and blood volume was only beginning to be understood and less problematic techniques such as saline and gum infusions were practiced as well. A technique for estimating blood loss that we were taught and is still used today is the saturation of wound dressings - I'm sure to get this wrong but I think we said that one saturated field dressing was equivalent to one unit of blood (about 450 ml). However I have not seen this in any WW1 references; I would assume because there were different sizes of blood bottles (when they were introduced). MrSwan, You are correct about the estimated blood loss into a large field dressing, While training at the ABSD one of the instructors opened a unit of blood which with CPD and whole blood was around 550ml, he poured the blood on to a hard surface and allowed it to spread, the idea was to understand how just 550mls of blood can look as it often looks a lot but in-fact losing 550mls is not harmful to life & limb as he said blood is a bad deceiver. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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