Question by Maybe: Can you lose consciousness from self mutilation?
I’m writing a novel at the moment, and i have come to a bit of confusion. whenever i deal with medical issues while writing, i always try to research the topic quite thoroughly but this is giving me a bit of trouble. is it possible to lose consciousness from cutting your wrists, or even to die? some sites and articles i have found support this, while others state it is impossible, as the blood will clot before it reaches this state. If anyone can answer this with at least a fair bit of certainty, it would be very useful! also, if the said person did pass out, would it be crucial they went to the hospital? I know of course it would be reccomended, but would they be alright if they didnt? thankyou so much! xo <3
Answer by TweetyBird
If you cut your wrists deeply and length-wise in the direction of wrist to elbow, the blood loss will be much greater than if you’d cut them cross-wise and the flow would be too great to clot. It would be arterial blood. One could have enough blood loss to lose consciousness. Or you could have your character have a vagal response to the sight of blood. This would involve fainting.
If your character were to cut the way I suggest, unless they panicked and called for help, they would ultimately lose consciousness and die from hypovolemia.
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