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
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, apply another one on top and more pressure
6 - If blood comes through the second one, take both off and start again
7 - If it doesn't stop then take them to A&E
For years we also taught to elevate the wound but recent studies have shown that doesn't actually make any difference. However I would still support the limb in a comfortable position and that may well be slightly elevated but not at the expense of direct pressure.
I can now also teach a course on catastrophic bleeds including the use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings for anyone working in hazardous environments.
Book onto one of our courses today and start feeling confident about first aid.