How To Stop Bleeding
Remember To Send for Help – Call an Ambulance
- Do not apply a tourniquet unless there is no other option. If you have been trained in tourniquet use and absolutely have to use one remember to tell the emergency help when they arrive how long it has been in place.
- Give nothing to eat or drink
Severe Visible Bleeding
- If possible wear gloves to help prevent infection
- If there is an object protruding from the wound, Leave It in Place.
- Put padding around the object to help apply pressure before bandaging the limb.
- You may use another bandage wrapped in a circular shape to place over the embedded object
- Expose the injury. Cut or remove the clothing
- Apply direct pressure to the wound (use a pad or gloved hands)
- Place a pad over the injury and bandage over the pad
- If possible raise the injured part above the level of the heart to help slow down the bleeding
- If bleeding persists leave the initial bandage in place and apply another pad and bandage over the top
- Check circulation below the wound (don’t bandage too tight)
Get Emergency Assistance Immediately If The Person Is:
- Bleeding from a body opening such as the ears, nose, mouth or anus
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Has a swollen or tender stomach
- Showing signs of shock including Cold clammy skin, rapid weak pulse, rapid breathing, is pale and sweating and may seem confused