How to Stop Bleeding: Minor Cuts, Scrapes, Bruises and Nosebleeds
Minor Cuts, Scrapes, Bruises, and Nosebleeds. How to stop bleeding? Here are some good first aid tips.
How to Stop Bleeding. Important Information
- Deep cuts or punctures need follow-up treatment by a medical professional.
- If there are foreign objects at the surface of the wound, only remove those objects that won’t cause further harm. Any embedded objects should be bandaged firmly in place with a sterile dressing.
- A patient with a nosebleed that doesn’t stop or that continues after pressure has been applied should seek immediate medical attention.
- Patients with wounds that do not stop bleeding with direct pressure need immediate EMS care.
How to Stop Bleeding. Cuts and Scrapes
- Wear gloves and other barriers to protect yourself and child from disease transmission – bloodborne pathogens.
- If necessary, control bleeding with direct pressure.
- Thoroughly wash the wound with water to remove all dirt and particles.
- Cover the wound with a non-adhesive dressing and bandage securely.
- Check wound daily for signs of infection – redness, tenderness, or presence of pus (yellowish or greenish fluid at the wound site).
How to Stop Bleeding. Bruises
- Apply a cold compress to the injured area as soon as possible.
- Elevate affected area above the heart, if possible.
How to Stop the Bleed. Nosebleed
- Wear gloves and other barriers to protect yourself and child from disease transmission
- Control bleeding by using direct pressure. Pinch the soft part of the nose for up to 10 minutes. You may need to do this longer if the patient has been exercising or is in a hot environment.
- Sit the child down with the head slightly forward.
- Placing an ice pack over the bridge of the nose may help.
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