Helping someone who is bleeding heavily

By | September 12, 2014

Everyday First Aid: Bleeding heavily

Helping someone who is bleeding heavily — PUT PRESSURE ON THE WOUND

put pressure on a woundBy putting pressure on a wound, you slow the bleeding and that enables the blood to clot faster. A blood clot is the only way a person will stop bleeding naturally and completely. 

The thing that most people do wrong is they keep removing the pressure to see if it has stopped or not. Remember to keep the pressure on the wound long enough to stop the bleeding and resist your need to look and see. In the case of a small razor cut this will happen soon. In the case of a severe laceration, it may take quite a while.

If possible, before you try to stop severe bleeding, wash your hands to avoid infection and put on gloves.


This is one of 14 videos on an online learning resource called Everyday First Aid – an easy way to learn

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