In general cases, bleeding can be controlled when pressure is applied to the wound. The different places where bleeding can occur includes cuts, grazes, and nose bleeds.
Cuts and Wounds
First aid at home are enough to treat cuts and grazes. They are very common and can happen from time to time. A cut happens when the skin breaks out and a graze can be seen when there is scraping off the top layers of the skin.
In cuts and grazes, the process is very simple as all you need to do is clean the cut carefully using clean cloth or bandage. It is to be done to stop the infection from spreading and for it to not spread out. Pressure on the infected area is going to raise the injury and give a full stop to the bleeding. The wound, however, will heal on its own in a couple of days.
First aid for Bleeding
What to look for?
If by any chance the bleeding of the cut or graze is not stopping, or if you find a foreign object inside the cut or graze, or you think of it as an infection, then you must opt to see a professional to seek health and medical advice.
What to do?
Start off with cleaning the wound completely under tap water or by cleaning it using wipes that are alcohol-free.
Use a gauze swab from the first aid at home and pat the wound dry. Then, use a sterile gauze to cover it up. If your first aid for bleeding has none of these, then you can go ahead to use a fluffy cloth which is completely clean.
Provide support to the part of the body that has the injury. If the injury has happened in your arm or hand, then place the hand right above your head. If the injury happened in the lower limb, ask the person to lay down and then, raise the cut area over the heart level. This is surely going to stop the bleeding.
Apply a sterile dressing and remove the gauze that you used to cover the wound.
In case you observe an infection risk, make sure to consult a professional and seek for medical help.
Stopping the bleeding should be your top priority in case of a severe bleeding situation. Protect your hands by wearing gloves. Severe nose bleeding is also a common occurrence.
If there is a foreign object in the wound:
Follow these steps for treating the severe bleeding of a patient.
- Press the wound and apply direct pressure to it.
- Call for emergency help
- Use a bandage to secure more dressing
- Give them a treatment for shock
- Provide good support to the area that is under injury.
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