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Industry Standards and Best Practices
There are certain cases when a person is bleeding that are always emergencies. These include extreme blood loss, amputations, abdominal evisceration wounds, sucking chest wounds, and internal bleeding. This course explains the importance of calling for emergency medical assistance in these situations and lists the appropriate steps of first aid to provide.
Always apply pressure at a point between the heart and the wound, along the path that the blood travels.
If possible, elevate the bleeding wound so it is above the level of the person's heart.
If a person is bleeding in the lower arm, apply pressure to the upper part of the same arm to help stop the bleeding.
Where is severe bleeding?
An injury in which the victim loses a lot of blood.
What is an amputation?
An amputation is an injury in which the injured person loses a body part.
What is an abdominal evisceration wound?
An abdominal evisceration wound is an injury in which parts of the body that are normally inside, such as internal organs, spill out of the body through an open wound.
What is a sucking chest wound?
A sucking chest wound is an injury that enters a person’s chest wall and leaves a hole, creating a “sucking” sound as air moves in and out of the chest.
What is internal bleeding?
Internal bleeding is when an injured person has an injury inside the body that releases blood from arteries and veins into the body cavity itself.
What are four things you should do in all severe bleeding emergencies?
Call for emergency medical assistance, try to stop the flow of blood, try to calm the person, and treat the person for shock.
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