How do you stop a cut from bleeding
Bleeding from large cuts may require immediate medical treatment, especially when an artery has been damage because it will be difficult for you to stop the bleeding. Depending on what type of wound and location of the affected area, there might be damage to your tendons and nerves. On the other hand, bleeding from small cuts does not present any danger.
Associated signs and symptoms:
- Confusion or decreasing alertness
- Abdominal pain
- Blood from an open wound
- Dizziness or light-headedness after an injury
- Rapid pulse, increased heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Clammy skin
- Swollen abdomen or extremity
- External bleeding through a natural opening
Bleeding may result from injuries or occur spontaneously. Spontaneous bleeding may come from problems in the gastrointestinal or urogenital tract.
What you can do
For bleeding from an animal bite:
- If you have an animal bite that is bleeding, apply pressure directly to the bite area and try to raise the wound above heart level.
- Using a mild soap, wash the bite area vigorously under running water for at least 5 minutes.
- It is still best that a physician see all bites; they are very prone to getting infected and an antibiotic may be necessary. An animal or human bite must never be sutured or closed.
For minor bleeding from a small cut or abrasion:
- Rinse your wound thoroughly with a clean water to flush out other particles that may cause infection such as dirt and debris.
- Cover your wound with sterile gauze or you can also use sterile adhesive bandage and adhesive tape.
- Always inspect your wound every day. If the bandage you covered gets wet, remove it immediately and apply a new one to prevent infection. After 7 -14 days, when the wound forms a scab, a bandage is no longer necessary.
- It is recommended to consult your doctor, when your wound becomes reddish, swollen, tender, warm or beginning to drain pus cells.
For bleeding from a large cut or laceration:
- Immediately wash your wound and the affected area thoroughly with clean running water to be able to assess your wound clearly and check its size.
- Cover your affected wound with a piece of sterile gauze or you can use a clean cloth over your entire wound. If available, you can use clean latex or rubber gloves to protect yourself from exposure to blood and also protect your wound from any bacteria to avoid infection. If you can, raise the affected body part above the level of your heart to lessen the pressure of bleeding. And most important, please do not apply a tourniquet.
- You can also apply pressure to your wound with a gauze or also cloth using the palm of your hand to stop the bleeding, apply direct pressure to the wound for 5 minutes. (During this time, do not check your wound by lifting the gauze because you might damage any blood clots that may form on the gauze.)
- If blood soaks through the gauze, please do not remove it. Just place another new gauze pad on top and continue applying pressure to avoid damaging the formation of blood clot.
- For all large cuts or lacerations, if you are unable to stop the bleeding after 5 minutes of pressure, if you are unable to thoroughly flush out al dirt and debris if the wound is in the face or neck. If there is something stuck in the wound, if the cut is more than ½-inch long or appears to be deep, consult a doctor. Large or deep wounds can result in nerve damage.
What your doctor can do
- Close a gasping wound by stitching or applying a special adhesive dressing.
- Prescribe antibiotics, if there is bacterial infection.
- Give an anti-tetanus injection, if necessary.
- Prevention tips
- Use good judgment and keep knives and sharp objects way from small children
- Personally inspect children’s play areas looking out especially for pointed surfaces, hard materials, trip hazards and other points for impact.