Uncontrolled bleeding from trauma is a leading cause of preventable death. Do you know how to stop the bleed until help arrives?
If medical help is delayed, applying these bleeding control measures can help save a life:
- Use a manufactured tourniquet from a nearby first aid kit.
- Apply direct manual pressure to the bleeding wound using a hemostatic dressing, sterile gauze or any other clean cloth material (e.g. clothing, towel or other absorbent material).
- Construct an improvised tourniquet using common materials such as a triangular bandage or clothing and a rigid stick-like object.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for more information about responding to life-threatening bleeding.