What is Severe bleeding: First aid?
Severe bleeding: First aid refers to the immediate treatment given to a person who is experiencing significant bleeding. It is crucial to administer proper first aid procedures to control bleeding and prevent further complications. Depending on the severity of the bleeding, several techniques can be used, such as applying direct pressure, elevating the injured area, or using a tourniquet as a last resort. The primary goal of first aid for severe bleeding is to stop the bleeding and stabilize the individual until professional medical help arrives.
Severe bleeding is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. It occurs when a person loses a significant amount of blood, either externally or internally. This type of bleeding can result from a variety of causes, such as traumatic injuries, surgical complications, or certain medical conditions. The severity of the bleeding can range from mild to life-threatening, depending on the rate and extent of blood loss.
When to Call a Doctor
The wound is deep or the rims are jagged or gaping open.
The wound is on the individual’s face.
The wound has dust or debris that received it.
The wound indicates signs and symptoms of contamination, including redness, tenderness, or a thick discharge, or if the character runs a fever.
The location across the wound feels numb.
Red streaks shape across the wound.
The wound is the end result of an animal or human bite.
The character has a puncture wound or deep cut and hasn’t had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years, or all people who haven't had a tetanus shot within the past 10 years.
If someone is bleeding severely, take these first-aid steps and reassure the injured person.
Clean the wound with soap and water. Remove any clothing or debris that may be on the wound.Do not remove large or deeply embedded objects. Wait until you have stopped the bleeding before trying to clean the wound. If disposable gloves are available, wear them in order to protect your hands.
- Stop the bleeding. Apply a sterile bandage or cloth to the wound. Press the bandage firmly with your palm to stop bleeding. Keep pressure on the wound with a thick bandage or piece of clean cloth until the bleeding stops. Do not put direct pressure on an injury to the eye. Attach the object to the page. Glue the object to the page.Secure the bandage with adhesive tape or continue to apply pressure to the injured area. If possible, raise the injured limb above your heart level.
Help the injured person lie down.If the person is injured, try to place them on a rug or blanket. If that's not possible, reassure them and keep them calm.
Don't remove the gauze or bandage.If the bleeding continues, put another bandage on top of the first one and keep pressing firmly on the area.
Tourniquets:If you are trained in how to use a tourniquet, apply it to the limb with life-threatening bleeding. When emergency help arrives, tell them how long the tourniquet has been in place.
Keep the injured body part immobilized as much as possible.Leave the bandages on and take the injured person to an emergency room as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing severe bleeding that you cannot control, please call 911 or emergency medical help.
Call 911 if:
Bleeding is intense
You suspect internal bleeding
There is an belly or chest wound
Bleeding can't be stopped after 10 minutes of firm and steady stress
Blood spurts out of wound