Controlling external bleeding

controlling external bleeding

After checking the scene and the injured or ill person:



Check the scene for hazards.

Check the person and obtain consent for treatment if they are able to provide.



Call 9-1-1 if necessary.




Cover wound with clean dressing such as a clean towel.

Apply direct pressure until the bleeding stops.

For embedded objects, place the dressing around the object and apply pressure around it. Never remove the object.

Cover the dressing with a clean bandage and wait for emergency personnel.


If the bleeding does not stop:

1 Apply more dressings and bandages on top of previous dressing.

2 Continue to apply additional pressure.

3 Take steps to minimize shock by keeping the individual warm and calm.

4 CALL 9-1-1 if not already done.


Source: Cayman Islands Red Cross



Wash hands with soap and water after giving care.


Disclaimer: The Emergency Guide is provided as a reference only.  Every effort has been taken to acquire and publish accurate information provided by medical authorities.  In case of emergency, always call or have someone CALL 9-1-1.