Does putting a red hot object on a wound stop the bleeding?
I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately and one of the things I see a lot of in these shows is that whenever a character gets a deep cut/wound that won’t stop bleeding, they will heat up a piece of metal in a flame until it is red hot, and then place it on the wound to stop the bleeding. I was wondering if this actually works
- EdnaLv 72 months ago
Yes, it actually works. However, in modern medicine, it's almost never necessary to do it any more. Placing a red-hot object to the vein in an open wound cauterizes the vein and seals it shut, and stops the bleeding. It's not something you would want to try on your own.
- LiliLv 72 months ago
Cauterizing can stop bleeding by sealing blood vessels but cause other problems. It was an old-fashioned -- indeed, rather primitive -- way of dealing with wounds.
- Andy CLv 72 months ago
Not unless it cooks the cut vessels (cauterizes) shut.
- 2 months ago
Yes, it's called cauterizing the wound. Hurts like hell, and there are potential issues with how the burn heals, and if the wound is significant enough you'd have to debried it (scrub off the scab).
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- Anonymous2 months ago
Yes putting a red hot object on a wound in an emergency will stop the bleeding. But it's going to get infected and make it hard for the wound to heal later.
- L. E. GantLv 72 months ago
Yes, it works. It is called cauterization. Modern methods are not so brutal, but they do the same things.
- 2 months ago
Yes in an absolute emergency situation cauterisation with a red hot object will stop the bleeding. Of course it's going to make it very hard for the wound to heal because the tissue is now all burned up. And an infection will likely set in. But if your immediate goal is to survive the fight regardless of what happens a few days down the road emergency cauterization with a hot object will stop the bleeding.