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Parent Crash Savers Trauma
Required time 30 minutes
Subskill of Self Assessment - CrashSavers

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.

Steps to Control Hemorrhage[edit | edit source]

Pressure / Packing

  • 00:00 Start
  • 00:19 Types of temporary hemorrhage control
  • 00:58 Steps for temporary hemorrhage control
  • 01:24 How to apply pressure
  • 01:30 How to use packing
  • 01:40 When to use a tourniquet
  • 01:52 When to use a foley
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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
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Affiliations Global Surgical Training Challenge
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