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Massive Blood Loss

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Part of the "Gunther's ER" series. As Dr. Gunther von Hagens makes clear, a shortage of blood can mean that insufficient oxygen is reaching the major organs, usually resulting in shock and organ failure. Opens with a graphic bleeding demonstration, re-creating injury to blood vessels in the hand of a cadaver. Also examines the consequences of blood loss in the body's vital organs by creating knife wounds in the torso of a frozen body, then sawing it into slices to reveal the path of the blades and the shocking extent of the damage. Also explores a lesser well-known cause of blood loss-fractured bones-which von Hagens illustrates in an experiment in which a femur dissected from a fresh cadaver is made to bleed as it would in life. NOTE: Viewer discretion is advised. Contains clinically explicit language and nudity. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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Gunther's ER: The Anatomy Of Medical Emergencies
Episode 1
48 minutes
Grade Level: 12 -
Gunther's ER: The Anatomy Of Medical Emergencies
Episode 2
48 minutes
Grade Level: 12 -
Gunther's ER: The Anatomy Of Medical Emergencies
Episode 3
48 minutes
Grade Level: 12 -