Bleeding is an immediate alarm that the body is losing blood which is of vital importance to its ability to. It is of great urgency to stop bleeding as soon as it occurs because of the many dangers that surrounds prolong bleeding. It is not in all cases that baseline interventions can stop bleeding especially if the person had a bleeding disorder that hinders the blood from clotting as it should. Here are some of the ways of stop bleeding when you have a cut:
- Apply manual compression
Placing the hand against the area helps to stop or slow down the flow of blood to the area. Depending on the extent of the bleeding, compression can be applied using just a finger or up to both hands.
- Tight bandage
To stop the bleeding, wrap the area with a bandage and ensure that it is applied tightly to compress the vessels in the area.
- Use of a tourniquet
A tourniquet is a material that is placed on an area of the body to stop or minimize the circulation of blood in that region. It is very important to monitor the length of time in which a tourniquet is applied to an area because over a prolong period of time it can decrease the supply of oxygen to cell and tissue which can impair their functionality.
If the bleeding is located on a limb, is it advised that the area of injury be elevated or raised to reduce the flow of blood, with the help of gravity.
Deep cuts may be classified as laceration which might require further medical treatment to determine if suturing is needed.