External Bleeding

Definition:

This is where the blood vessels and the skin are cut and blood is escaping the body.

Causes:

Damage to the skin caused by trauma. Can be a laceration (clean cut), abrasion, or avulsion (with skin still hanging).

Treatment:

If itís a minor bleed allow some bleeding to take place as this will help clean the wound. Then wash with warm water and soap, apply a dressing to keep it clean, change the dressing every few hours, and monitor for signs of infection.

If the bleeding is severe than apply the RED principle: