How should I care for someone with external bleeding?

Use disposable gloves and other personal protective equipment.

After checking the injured person:
  • Cover the wound with a sterile dressing.
  • Apply direct pressure until bleeding stops.
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  • Cover the dressing with a bandage.

  • Check for circulation beyond the injury (check for feeling, warmth and color).
If bleeding does not stop:
  • Apply additional dressings and bandages and continue to apply more pressure.
  • Take steps to minimize shock.
  • CALL 9-1-1 if not already done so.
Wash hands with soap and water after giving care.

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