Treatment of bleeding (General)
- Ensure that you put on your disposable gloves.
- Sit or lay the casualty down on a firm, stable base.
- Examine the wound.
- Do not attempt to remove any foreign embedded objects
- Apply direct pressure onto the wound to try and stem the bleeding.
- Dress the wound with sterile dressing.
- If the blood seeps through from the first dressing, then apply a second dressing directly over the first one.
- If the blood seeps through the second dressing, then remove both dressings and start again. This course of action is carried out because there is not a sufficient seal between the dressing and the wound. Once the dressing becomes saturated with blood it becomes ineffective
- Support the wounded part and be prepared to treat the casualty for shock.
- Do not allow the casualty to smoke or to consume any food or drink.
- Call for an ambulance (999/112) and monitor the casualty.
Wounds with embedded foreign objects
Apply dressings and pressure to either side of the embedded object.
Apply a larger dressing if possible over the top.
Ask the casualty to assist if able.
Secure the dressing in place.
Call for an ambulance (999/112) monitor the casualty and if required treat for shock.