Emergency First aid plan to stop excessive bleeding
An injury causing severe bleeding if unattended can be life-threatening.
An injury causing severe bleeding if unattended can be life-threatening. Before you call an ambulance or ask for help, you need to act quickly and cover the wound to stop the blood loss. When bleeding occurs, the body immediately begins a complex chain of events. The brain, heart and lungs try to compensate for blood loss, so as to maintain the flow of oxygen-rich blood, to not the body but vital organs also.. This is because severe blood loss can lead to shock and even unconsciousness.
Always make sure to wash your hands or wear gloves before touching the wound.
Here is the five-step emergency plan to control severe bleeding.
1. Control Blood flow: If the area is covered, remove or cut the cloth to expose the wound. Firmly for 10 minutes or more, until the bleeding stops. Wear disposable gloves, if available. If you think the part injured is also fractured, be extra cautious.
2. Lay the victim down: Keep the injured part raised and if the bleeding doesn't stop, lay the victim on a firm surface. Loosen any tight or restrictive clothing.
3. Secure the dressing: Bandage the wound firmly and not too tightly. If the bleeding still doesn't stop and the blood seeps through the dressing, cover it with another one. You can keep changing the dressing until you reach the hospital.
4. Call for the ambulance: you can ask someone else or call the ambulance yourself
5. Keep monitoring the victim carefully: If the bleeding is severe, watch closely for any sign of shock. watch the pulse rate and level of consciousness every 10 minutes until help arrives.
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