Be ready at any moment - learn how to be a 1st responder if someone is bleeding!

January 16, 2019

 

Sorry for the graphic image! But I thought it was so appropriate for this post. (and would catch your attention 🙄)

Thank you for all your responses from the last post. I'm glad to see that many of you know what to do in the case of an emergency where you see someone bleeding.

Here's my First Aid 101 when it comes to bleeding:

1) Firstly- if there is any concern with change of mental status (like the person has lost concsciouness OR the person is not speaking or breathing) CALL 911. If bleeding doesn't slow down with pressure, CALL 911. If there any concern, you (or someone around you) should CALL 911!

2) APPLY PRESSURE: Stop Bleeding by applying direct pressure on the cut or wound with a clean cloth until bleeding stops. As blood soaks through the material continue to add on layers. If the wound is on the arm or leg, raise limb above the heart. No need for a tourniquet unless the bleeding is severe.

2)CLEAN: clean area once the bleeding is controlled with soap and warm water.

3) Once clean you can apply antibiotic ointment to reduce risk of infection and cover with a sterile bandage

The next question you may ask is--- if bleeding is controlled and the patient is feeling well ....should they see a doctor?

A doctor should be seen if:
-the wound is deep
-the wound is located on the face, in case you can benefit from stitches
-the wound has something in it (like a bullet or dirt that won't come out)
-the wound is from an animal or human bite
-the person has a puncture wound or deep cut and hasn’t had a tetanus shot (in at least 5-10 years)

Do you have any questions?

Later we can discuss how to decide whether or not a wound needs stitches! That's another common question I get ✂️

 

I think this is a great first step in First Aid 101 and it will prepare you to be a great 1st responder!
 

 

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is solely for educational purposes and is solely the opinion of Dr. Deena Adimoolam, which may differ from other medical professionals