Stop the Bleed: Save a Life
The top cause of preventable death in trauma cases is uncontrolled bleeding. Accidental cuts, lacerations or puncture wounds from sharp objects can cause extensive bleeding, a drop in blood pressure and decreased organ blood flow. This can lead to shock and even death.
Life-threatening bleeding symptoms include:
- Pale, cool and clammy skin
- Fast heart rate
If you notice that someone has extensive bleeding, respond quickly and take these steps to control it until help arrives:
- Apply immediate, direct pressure to the wound with both hands and with any available clean cloth
- Elevate the wound above the individual's heart
- Continue to hold pressure until bleeding is controlled or help arrives
- Apply a tourniquet (for arms and legs)
- Call 911
For additional information or to schedule an individual or group training session, call (260) 435-2500 or (260) 435-7227.