The following is a video transcript.
It’s absolutely critical to instinctively know what to do to stop the bleeding and preserve life. There are really only three types of solutions to the problem of massive hemorrhage. If the source of bleeding is an arm or a leg, a commercially designed tourniquet that’s scientifically designed is the fastest and most effective way to stop bleeding when properly applied.
However, if you don’t have a tourniquet, or if the bleeding is from the neck, the armpit, or down in the groin area, then knowing how to pack a wound is your next best option. This involves putting material and dressings into a wound, and holding it tightly. By doing this, you’re essentially creating direct pressure on the damaged blood vessels at the base of the wound. This decreases the blood loss and allows blood clots to form.
Now the third method is to apply direct pressure at a pressure point between the heart and the wound, as close to the wound as possible. Although this will not completely stop the blood flow, applying pressure on the artery above the wound will decrease blood loss at the wound site.
You can also apply pressure directly to the wound; however, using this technique to stop bleeding is rarely successful when dealing with a large artery or a very large wound. Now, we’ve told you what you need to do, but the question is, do you know how to do it?
Get certified in our online First Aid for Gunshot Wounds course through the U.S. LawShield 2A Institute, where we will teach you the specifics on these and many other critical life saving techniques.
So, take the initiative, pursue the knowledge, learn the skills necessary to keep yourself and those around you alive until help arrives.