First Aid on Bleeding Wounds

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Have you ever sustained wounds, cuts or lacerations? This is a tutorial to explain how you can give first aid to a person, or even yourself, if you encounter any situations like these.

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When it comes to healing a wound, you need to be very careful because while healing a wound you can in fact turn it into infection if you aren't careful. There are many ways of healing a wound while at home with a few simple items you can find around your home. In this article you will learn different ways to heal your wounds properly, and in adequate time in order to save yourself from bleeding out, which will save you from making a trip to the hospital. Follow the instructions below to be successful at treating a wound on a victim who is bleeding in order to deal with the wound, or buy them time until you go to your local hospital.

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Things To Look For Around The Home

In order to help heal wounds, you will need to search for items that will allow you to clean and patch the victim's wound. These items will need to be clean, as you are going to apply them to the wound of a bleeding victim.

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If the supplies are not clean you will not be able to treat the wound without causing an infection to the wound which could turn septic, and threaten the life of the victim.

Below are a number of useful items that you can use to clean and heal the wound successfully.

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    A cloth for cleaning the wound is often the easiest item to find
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    This is what you'll use to help clean the wound. A clean towel will work.
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    1. Towels are also a useful item when dealing with a wound for cleaning effectively
    2. Don't use paper towel, as if the injured person needs stitches, the fibers from the paper towel will impede this procedure.
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Instructions to Stop The Bleeding

When it comes to healing a bleeding wound, the first thing you'll need to do is stop the bleeding. You can't proceed to cleaning and patching up the wound until the bleeding has stopped. Below are instructions to stop the bleeding successfully.

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    Use the clean rag, towel or paper towel, provided the victim doesn't need stitches, to apply to the wound with pressure
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    Press the cloth on the wound for about 3 to 5 minutes. This should stop the bleeding.
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    When applying pressure, make sure that you or the victim can feel the pressure against the wound
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    This will let you know you are applying the right amount of pressure. If the pressure isn't enough, the bleeding won't stop and you'll have to seek medical attention.
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    The larger the wound, the longer you need to apply the pressure
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    Things to notice are the locations of the wound
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    1. If the wound is located on or near an artery, seek medical attention immediately. Until help comes, you should apply a tourniquet. Find a belt - or rip a section of cloth and tie it tightly above the wound. This is especially true of an injury to the thigh near the artery. It should be tight, but not so tight that you lose the feeling in your arm or leg.
    2. If you can, make sure the wound is above the heart - this works for any wounds on the hand or arm. Hold or get the victim to hold their arm or hand above their heart.
    3. If the wound is too large for you to stop by simple means of applying pressure then you will need to apply a tourniquet. Find a belt - or rip a section of cloth and tie it tightly above the wound. This is especially true of an injury to the thigh near the artery. It should be tight, but not so tight that you lose the feeling in your arm or leg.
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    If you are near a source of water, then run water over the wound in order to help wash the blood off the wound to that you can locate the cut or area the blood is coming from
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    If you are not near a water source, look for a stream or bottled water that you may have on your person
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Patch The Wound

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    After you have stopped the bleeding momentarily, you are ready to will need to patch up the wound with a bandage or gauze.
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    Continue to place pressure on the wound
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    After you have patched up the wound it is recommended that you keep your wound elevated in order to lower your blood pressure that you can in fact stop your wound from bleeding out more in the meantime.
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What to do after you have patched a SERIOUS WOUND?

If you are away from home and you are dealing with a wound that could be fatal, you'll need to take steps in order to help your wound, or the other person's wound. These actions might save your life, or the life of the injured party.

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    Use your cell phone to call the paramedics in order to transport you or the injured party to a local hospital to seek treatment
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    If you do not have a cellphone on your person then you will need to find the nearest pay phone or find someone else with a phone to call for assistance
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    If there is a crowd, they might be more interested in filming the incident in the hope of becoming a YouTube sensation - so pick one person - YOU
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    In the yellow sweat shirt - call 911!
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    Quick Clot is bandage that can help to stop a serious wound that is bleeding profusely
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    Quick Clot can be purchased at a pharmacy or it can be found in first-aid kits you'd purchase for your home. Quick Clot works by clotting the blood in the wound quickly, in order to stop the bleeding. Now you can move on to patching the wound. This is usually a final measure you'd need to take when it comes to treating a serious wound.
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    After stopping the bleeding you will need to clean the wound with any type of cleaning agent ranging from alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or any other type of astringent
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    If nothing is available, try some vodka from your bar.
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Head Wound

When it comes to a head wound, there is a different way to assess the situation in order to help the injured person, or to help yourself if you've received a head wound. Head wounds need to be treated very carefully, but before you deal with the situation, you will need to figure out where the bleeding is coming from. Be warned, most head wounds bleed profusely.

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    Figure out where the bleeding is coming from
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    If the injury is on the forehead, back of the head or sides (other than the temple), then you will be able to help the person but only if it on the top layer of skin.
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    If the person is bleeding from a wound that was caused by something piercing the skin then your job is to get the victim to a nearby hospital.
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    Lay the person down before trying to apply pressure in order to level their body which in fact will stop the bleeding rushing out of the person's head
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    Apply pressure just above the person's wound in order to help stop the bleeding.
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    DO NOT - in any way - apply Quick Clot to the person's wound
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    The chemicals in Quick Clot should not be applied too close to the brain, as they can cause damage - and even prove to be fatal.
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    After applying the pressure to the wound, when the bleeding has stopped, place gauze over the wound before applying a bandage.
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    Applying the bandage to the wound, over the gauze, should stop the bleeding from
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    If the wound is still bleeding after 10 minutes through the gauze and bandage then you will need to rush the person to the hospital
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    Make sure the person is laying down, so the blood loss will be less.
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Suggestions

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    Stay calm
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    Don't panic. Remain rational.
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    Assess the wound and ask for help
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    If you think you can control the wound even at home, then there is no need to go to the hospital. If you assess that the bleeding is too much, it is much better to call for help and get the patient or yourself to the hospital.
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    Apply pressure
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    By applying direct pressure on the wound you can lessen the bleeding. It is vital that you control the bleeding. Too much bleeding might lead to shock - even death.
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    Elevate the affected area
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    With the help of gravity, blood will always be pulled down. Any part of the body elevated will bleed less and make it easier for you to control the bleeding.
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    Let the patient rest
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    Too much activity means fast circulation of the blood, but if you are resting there is slow blood circulation thus as a result also controls bleeding.
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    Bring the patient to the nearest hospital.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • You can also apply ice on the wound. Cold environment makes the blood vessels constrict. But be cautious apply ice for a maximum of 1-15 minutes at a time. You don't want to end up with injuries due to the ice.
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