Severe Bleeding

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Where a casualty may have sustained other injuries from an accident, the first aider needs to be aware of the potential dangers from blood loss and the correct treatment required.If a casualty has sustained injury, they may have external or internal bleeding

External injuries include

  • Abrasions
  • Amputation
  • Incision
  • Laceration
  • Puncture

The treatment for bleeding is (for severe bleeding call an ambulance immediately)

  • Wear gloves, if possible, to prevent infection
  • Apply direct pressure to the wound with a pad or gauze
  • Bandage padding to the limb
  • Elevate wound above the heart
  • If bandaging becomes completely blood soaked, apply another bandage over the top

If bleeding injuries are not treated promptly, the casualty can develop signs or symptoms of shock. Shock is a life threatening condition and should be treated as top priority, second only attending to safety, obstructed airway, absent breathing, sudden cardiac arrest or severe life threatening bleeding.



Posted: January 08, 2014

Author: Kevin

Category: Blog