How to Stop Bleeding

Learn how to stop bleeding in this first aid video from Howcast with Nurse Mary.

Transcript

How to stop bleeding.

Bleeding can be anywhere from minor to major. We'll start with minor. Say you're with family, friends, or with kids. Someone runs around the house and knocks themself into the corner of a table, and they start to bleed. What do you do?

Wash your hands. Any time there's a break in the skin there's a risk for infection. So, get the person to come with you. Wash your hands. Wash off any blood that's on the person. Then get a clean cloth, a clean towel, even gauze if you have it in your first aid kit, put it on top of where it's bleeding and hold it there. Put some pressure on it like you're giving a good firm handshake. Hold it there for as long as you need to. Ten minutes is good.

If this starts to spurt or it doesnt' stop bleeding after ten minutes you need to get some medical help. You can call 911 to ask what they suggest. You can call the doctor. You can call the instacare. But, really, if it's spurting or taking more than ten minutes to stop bleeding you need to get some help.

Now, if it's major, again, if you can, wash your hands. Number two, if it's big bleeding like that you want to call for help. So, get someone around there to call 911, or if you have your phone with you call 911. Get help as soon as you can.

Next thing you can do if you happen to have anything that can protect your hands, do it. If you just happen to have your first aid kit with you and you have gloves you can wear gloves on your hands. If you happen to have any kind of plastic, plastic bag, or maybe a sandwich bag that you have with you, you can use that to protect your hands as well.

Then you need to find something to stop the bleeding. A cloth. If you have a jacket with you you can use that. The cleaner the better. You want to put pressure on wherever that wound is. Now, if it is an abdomen or there are organs sticking out you don't want to push those organs back. You don't want to disturb anything. Just press around it and try to stop the bleeding as best you can.

But, most importantly, keep the person safe, keep yourself safe, keep pressure on the wound, and call for help.

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