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First aid for bleeding

The following advice shows the treatment for severe bleeding

1. If there is an object embedded in the wound, control bleeding by pressing firmly on either side of the object, do not remove or press the object, otherwise apply direct pressure to the wound.

Apply direct pressure

2. Apply a dressing firmly to control bleeding. Be careful it is not so tight it restricts circulation.

3. Prevent/treat shock by lying the casualty down with their feet raised (if possible).

4. If the casualty has a head injury, lay them down and slightly raise their head and shoulders (unless you suspect spinal trauma, in which case keep them still).


Apply a dressing

5. If blood comes through the dressing apply another on top.

6. If blood seeps through this too, remove both dressings and re-apply a new sterile dressing using direct pressure to the wound.

7. Support the injured area in a raised position.

8. Seek medical attention if you are unable to stop the bleeding or the casualty goes into shock.

9. Keep the casualty warm by lying them on a blanket or some other item.

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