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First aid: how to stop serious bleeding

Many people have some training or knowledge about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but fewer people have received training about how to stop serious bleeding. Interest in this subject increased recently in the USA following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. While Brazil has mostly been spared this sort of mass violence, there are still many situations where you might be called on to control serious bleeding.

Traffic accidents, home accidents, and urban assaults may result in significant wounds. It is important to know that trauma victims often die from blood loss, rather than from the injury itself, so quick action may save a life. The idea is to stop the bleeding until the person can be transported to a hospital for definitive treatment.

To stop bleeding:

According to Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, trauma surgeon and director of the trauma institute in Hartford, Connecticut (USA) says: “You need to speak to them with kindness and explain what you are doing and say, ‘Hold on, we’re going to stop the bleeding; we’re going to get you to care.’ That makes a huge difference.”

One caution is that contact with another person’s blood can be risky for you, since hepatitis, AIDS, and some other diseases may be transmitted. The risk is greater if you also have open wounds or sores. Use gloves if available. A final note is that if you are the victim, and there is no one to help you, that you can use the same techniques on yourself if necessary.

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First aid: how to stop serious bleeding was last modified: October 20th, 2017 by

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