Here is what I know: I used to assist on a procedure called a "temporal artery biopsy" and the doctor isolates this tiny little artery near your temple, ties it off in two places about 1/2 inch apart, then removes the section in the middle. Well, I was working with a newbie and he cut too close to his tie off, and it slipped off the artery. In the time it took him to realize what happened, grab the hemostats that were right there on the tray, and pinch the artery closed again 3 graceful arcs of nearly purple blood streaked across the OR. This tiny artery, deliberately used because it is so peripheral you really don't need it, it is about the diameter of a spaghetti noodle, and it sent the blood about 4 feet across the room and made the OR look like a "Halloween" set. Now, the blood begins to turn red immediately, but it is more like purple at first.
OK, a femoral artery is about the diameter of a thumb. You cut ONE of them, and everything around you will be drenched in blood before you realize what happened UNLESS someone is there to immediately apply and maintain pressure on the femoral artery at the hip. Without this pressure, you will die in minutes. I won't try to say how many, but before the ambulance arrives. Both arteries going, it would be very, very quick.
But that photo... I can't even tell who is attached to what. It does not look like anyone is applying pressure, but I am not even sure I am looking in the right spot. There is a man with a grey hood / hat, a woman with a red shirt in front of him, and they almost look like they are sitting on a guy on the ground in a 2 tone grey shirt or jacket. Is that the guy who I am supposed to be looking at? If that is the right guy, then I would say somehow he got pressure applied to both femoral arteries before either of them bled - less than a heartbeat. That is remarkable reaction time for a person who just got their legs blown off, faster than a surgeon who knows an arterial bleed is a possible complication in the procedure he is performing. From what I have seen of a temporal artery bleed, none of the people anywhere in those photos have bilateral femoral bleeds going on, there is not enough blood anywhere for that injury.
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