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Bleeding and Wounds


Never use a tourniquet unless you can't control severe bleeding and life is threatened. Tourniquets may result in subsequent medical amputation.

  1. Put clean cloth, gauze or a gloved hand over wound and apply firm steady pressure.
    Call 911 or seek medical aid if bleeding is severe.
  2. Elevate an injured arm or leg above the level of the victim's heart if possible.
  3. Continue to supply pressure by securing the cloth with a bandage. Do not lift the cloth from the wound to check the bleeding. Be sure the bandage is not so tight that it cuts off the circulation.
  4. Take steps to prevent shock.
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