• Connect with us
BH Logo Champions of Colour Logo Harris Paints Logo

Pro Newsletters

First Aid Stop the Bleeding

May 6, 2018

God forbid anyone should get hurt on the worksite but if they do, you should be prepared.

Accidents can involve minor scrapes to serious arterial bleeding and in either case, you goal – after calling for medical help needed – is to shut down the bleeding as soon as possible. While it is a good idea for everyone to take a first aid course, you can manage the situation by knowing a few important steps, until you can get the injured party professional medical help.

Hygiene First!

First off, wash your hands and put on a pair of gloves.  No clean gloves handy? Then a clean plastic bag could suffice.

Treatment

If serious, the person may also show signs of shock (dizziness, weakness, pale and clammy skin, shortness of breath, faintness, confusion and increased heart rate).  Have the person lie down and cover with a blanket. If possible elevate the site of bleeding.

If there is any large or deeply embedded objects do not try to remove.

For more superficial injuries, try to clean wound by removing obvious dirt or debris. First Aid kits should contain sterile gauze dressing, small scissors and medical grade tape.  Saline wash is helpful also to clear out debris and an antibiotic cream or antiseptic spray can reduce the risk of a cut becoming infected.

After cleaning, wrap with a clean cloth or sterile gauze bandage if available, and apply continuous pressure (injury elevated if possible) for 10- 20 minutes depending on the severity of the injury or until medical help arrives.  Add more gauze if you need to.  When bleeding stops, keep bandage in place.

Note: Tourniquets should only be applied in life threatening situations – heavy bleeding – preferably by trained individuals.

 

 

Share on Facebook


Check out our other great articles in this January edition of Paint Pro!

Business Builder: 3 Simple Keys to Capitalize on Sales Calls

Solution Focus: Stamp out Damp in Concrete Walls Before Redecorating

Good Practice: Pure, Zero-VOC Colourants – Nothing Added!

Check it out: Microfibre & Mini Roller

How To: Kiss Goodbye to Ugly Old Vinyl Tile

ccoc

Copyright © 2017 Harris Paints, All rights reserved. Pro Paint January 2017
Our mailing address is:
Harris Paints
Wildey, St. Michael
BB14006, Barbados
T: 246.429-4840
F: 246.426-3412