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