An Article by Worsley Training – First Aid Training in and around Wiltshire



1 – Sit or lie the casualty down

2 – Check the wound for any stuck objects – if found, do not remove

3 – Apply direct pressure with some clean material for 10 minutes to allow clotting (tea towel, muslin, spare t-shirt etc.)

4 – Apply a sterile wound dressing

5 – If blood comes through it, take it off and start again applying direct pressure

6 – If it doesn’t stop then take them to A&E


For years we also taught you to elevate the wound, but recent studies have shown that the direct pressure does the majority of the job. Therefore, support the limb in a comfortable position and slightly elevated if easily done, but not at the expense of direct pressure.


I can also teach a course on catastrophic bleeds including the use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings for anyone working in hazardous environments. Get in touch if this would be useful.


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