Chapter 13. The Physics of Hemostasis

  1. Petra Seeber MD1 and
  2. Aryeh Shander MD, FCCM, FCCP Chief2,3

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470692233.ch13

Basics of Blood Management

Basics of Blood Management

How to Cite

Seeber, P. and Shander, A. (2007) The Physics of Hemostasis, in Basics of Blood Management, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470692233.ch13

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management, Emergency Medicine, HELIOS Klinik Blankenhain, Wirthstr. 5, 99444 Blankenhain, Germany

  2. 2

    Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management and Hyperbaric Medicine, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, 350 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ 07631

  3. 3

    Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 25 JUN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151313

Online ISBN: 9780470692233



  • hemostasis;
  • hemorrage;
  • blood loss;
  • medical disthermy;
  • tissue


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Objectives of This Chapter

  • Definitions

  • A Brief Look at History

  • Basics of Surgical Techniques

  • Surgical tools: Cold steel & Co.

  • Heat in Surgery

  • Electrical Current for Surgery

  • Microwaves in Surgery

  • Light in Surgery

  • Lightning

  • Kinetic Energy in Surgery

  • Vibration for Surgical Cutting

  • The Impact of Surgical Cutting on Blood Loss

  • Methods to achieve Hemostasis and to Avoid Undue Blood Loss

  • Selective Occlusion of Vessels-Externally and Internally

  • Compression

  • Use of Drains

  • Positioning

  • Keyc points

  • Questions for Review

  • Suggestions for Further Research

  • Exercises and Practice Cases

  • Homework

  • References