Ligation of the extremities by means of elastic bandages applied not too firmly to the thighs and arms has long been known and practiced as a measure for the control of hemorrhage, particularly from the lungs, the object being to check the return of venous blood without interfering with the arterial supply. As a result, the blood pressure falls and bleeding ceases. The opposite conditions are brought about by the application of the bandage from the periphery in a proximal direction, constituting the procedure that has been designated auto-transfusion. Dr. W. Plaskuda2 reports the results of an investigation undertaken for the purpose of determining experimentally the amounts of blood that can be removed from or supplied to the circulation under the circumstances detailed, and also the state of the blood pressure in the free vessels. He found that from three-quarters of a liter to one and one-quarter liters of
LIGATION OF THE EXTREMITIES AND AUTO-TRANSFUSION.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(12):817. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500120053012
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