Stopping the bleeding is the first step in preventing further injury after an accident, attack, or other violent encounter.
A general rule of thumb in the medical field reads, “If you can’t stop the bleeding, you can’t save the life.”
Common Cause of Fatalities
In military combat scenarios 90% of potentially survivable injuries that resulted in death were the result of the inability of the troops to stop the casualty’s bleeding. By committing these following tips to heart, you make yourself better capable to protect life and limb.
It Is Easier than You Might Think
The primary difficulty isn’t stopping the bleeding; it’s remembering what you need to do during the stress and terror of the situation. Keeping calm is the biggest challenge in any emergency situation.
Apply Pressure to the Wound
The first thing anybody will tell you is that applying pressure to the wound can stop the bleeding. Start by padding gauze on the wound itself. Then wrap the bandage around tightly, but not so tightly as to cut off circulation.
Tourniquets are only necessary when the limb is already lost or must be sacrificed to save the person’s life.
Watch for Blood Spurts
If blood spurts out of the wound, then that person’s life is in imminent danger. They have just severed an artery. To stop an artery from bleeding, pressure typically works as well. However, these blood spurts could also indicate internal bleeding, which might require immediate surgery.
If applying pressure to the wound and monitoring for blood spurts doesn’t work within ten minutes of beginning first-aid, more dire circumstances are coming. This is why your first concern should always be to contact emergency medical healthcare professionals.