A patient with a fractured femur presenting to the ED exhibits cool, moist skin, increased heart rate, and falling BP. The careteam should consider the possibility of what complication of the patients injuries?

Answer Explanation: The signs and symptoms the patient is experiencing suggest a volume deficit from an internal bleed. That the symptoms follow an acute injury suggests hemorrhage rather than myocardial infarction or hypoglycemia. Peritonitis would be an unlikely result of a femoral fracture.

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