Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
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How to stop bleeding

Bleeding

Serious bleeding needs urgent attention. Call for help, or ask someone else to call for help

There are three types of external bleeding: arterial, venous and capillary

Minor bleeding

Sit or lie down. Clean the wound using clean running tap water. Apply a sterile bandage or dressing

Severe bleeding

If a significant amount of blood has been lost it can cause shock, harm to various parts of the body including major organs, and even death. Take urgent action to stop the bleeding

Lie the patient down. If a leg or arm is bleeding, raise it above the rest of the body to reduce the blood loss. However, if the limb is broken or there are severe injuries, do not move it

Spurting arterial bleeding may need fingertip pressure at the point where the bleeding is coming from. Stop the blood loss until help arrives

With other severe bleeding, apply firm pressure to the wound using a pad, gauze or even soft clothing. If the injury is on a limb, wrap a bandage, tape or cloth around the wound to maintain pressure on it. If it is not possible to maintain pressure this way then use a pad and press with your hands on the wound. Keep continual pressure until help arrives. Do not lift up the pad to see if the bleeding has stopped – lifting up the pad can start the bleeding again

Tourniquet. Where a limb has been severed or there is severe arterial bleeding it may be necessary to use a tourniquet on a limb to save the patient’s life. A tourniquet may cost the person a limb

Disease. If the patient is infected, some diseases can be transmitted via the blood. If rubber or latex gloves are available, use them to avoid contact with the patient’s blood. Even clean plastic bags will do. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after getting blood on them. Do not eat, drink, touch your mouth, nose, eyes or any wounds or scratches on yourself until you have thoroughly washed your hands. Ensure any blood stays away from food preparation areas



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