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.
- 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.
- Elevate an injured arm or leg above the level of the victim's heart if possible.
- 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.
- Take steps to prevent shock.