How to Stop Bleeding

how-to-stop-bleeding.gifBleeding refers to the loss of blood from blood vessels anywhere in the body. If someone has been wounded and is bleeding, it is important to work quickly to control blood loss. In most cases, you should be able to keep the bleeding under control without much difficulty. In more severe cases, however, uncontrolled or severe bleeding can contribute to shock, circulatory disruption, or more serious health consequences such as damage to tissues and major organs, which can lead to death.

    • Have the injured person lie down and elevate the site that is bleeding.
    • Remove any visible objects in the wound that are easy to remove. Control the bleeding before trying to clean the wound.
    • Remove or cut clothing from around the wound. Apply steady, direct pressure and elevate the area for a full 15 minutes. Use a clock-15 minutes can seem like a long time. Resist the urge to peek after a few minutes to see whether bleeding has stopped. If blood soaks through the cloth, apply another one without lifting the first. If there is an object in the wound, apply pressure around the object, not directly over it.
  1. Use water. Running water will not only clean the wound, but help to stop the bleeding. Run cold water over the cut to constrict the blood vessels and stop the bleeding. Doing the same with hot water will cauterize the cut, allowing the blood to clot.
    • You can use an ice cube instead of cold water to close off the arteries. Hold the ice to the cut for a few seconds until the wound closes up and stops bleeding.
    • If you have multiple small cuts on your body, taking a hot shower will clean off all the blood and cauterize the multiple gashes concurrently.
  2. Apply Vaseline. As a result of the waxy texture of Vaseline, applying a small smear of it to minor cuts will block off the blood flow outside of the skin and give the wound time to clot.
  3. Apply white vinegar. The astringent properties of vinegar help to disinfect and clot small cuts. Dab a bit of white vinegar onto the cut with a cotton ball, and wait for the bleeding to stop.
  4. Add a spoonful of sugar. Pour a little sugar over the cut. The antiseptic qualities of the sugar will help to clean it, while simultaneously aiding the blood clotting process.
  5. Dab on Listerine. Originally created as an aftershave, use regular Listerine to help stop blood flow. Pour some directly over the cut or dip a cotton ball into the Listerine and dab it on. You should notice a decrease in blood flow after a minute or two.
  6. Call 911 if:
    • Bleeding is severe
    • You suspect internal bleeding
    • There is an abdominal or chest wound
    • Bleeding can’t be stopped after 10 minutes of firm and steady pressure
    • Blood spurts out of wound
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