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Foley Catheter and Bleeding Control . Here you can find videos about how a Foley can be used to stop bleeding; where and how to use it.

A foley catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is usually used to drain urine from the bladder. It has an inflatable balloon at the tip that is used to secure the catheter inside the bladder. However, these tubes can be repurposed to help stop bleeding in injured patients. 

  • They are particularly useful for bleeding coming from narrow, deep wounds or in places like the neck or groin where it is not possible to apply a tourniquet. 
  • You can insert a foley catheter into a bleeding wound and then inflate the balloon to create packing in a deep space. 
  • If one catheter is not sufficient, you can continue to add catheters to increase the amount of compression that is delivered by the balloons.

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Part of Crash Savers Trauma
Type Medical knowledge page
Keywords trauma, surgery
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG3 Good health and well-being
Authors CrashSavers
Published 2021
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