Pressure and Bleeding Control. The use of manual pressure to stop bleeding is one of the most immediate ways to stop a patient from hemorrhaging, and can be life-saving.
In this technique, manual compression is applied directly to the wound on top of a clean compress, like a cloth or gauze.
- Pressure must be applied firmly and consistently to help the formation of blood clots.
- If you are using a compress and blood soaks through, then you may briefly remove pressure to add an additional compress on top of the first one and then resume firm, direct pressure until the bleeding stops.
- You can also apply pressure directly inside of the wound if it is quite large.
- It is important to apply pressure directly onto the bleeding vessel, if you can find it, as that will help stop the flow of blood.