Wilderness: Bleeding (cont.)
- For severe bleeding, apply immediate, direct pressure to the wound with any available, clean material. Continue pressure until the bleeding is controlled.
- Elevate the wound above the affected individual's heart. The person should be lying down with the legs elevated.
- Apply a tourniquet only if other means to control life-threatening bleeding do not work. Tighten the tourniquet only enough to stop the bleeding. Note the time the tourniquet was applied and remove as soon as possible.
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
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