How to Stop Bleeding From Deep Cuts
Some wounds, such as small cuts or minor scrapes, require only simple first aid measures; more severe cuts, however, require immediate first aid followed by professional medical treatment. Follow these steps on how to stop a deep cut from bleeding and contact your healthcare provider for assistance.
For a medical emergency call 911 right away.
BEFORE INITIATING ANY FIRST AID TO CONTROL BLEEDING, BE SURE TO WASH YOUR HANDS AND WEAR HEALTH CARE GLOVES TO AVOID CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM’S BLOOD
- Act quickly. With severe bleeding, have the victim lie down.
- Control bleeding by applying steady direct pressure on the wound with sterile gauze, or a clean cloth for a full 10 minutes. Remove any jewelry from the area of the wound and if possible, hold the part of the body that is bleeding higher than the heart. If blood soaks through the cloth or pad, apply another one without lifting the first. If there is an object lodged in the wound, apply pressure around the object, not directly over it.
- If the cut won’t stop bleeding by use of direct pressure after 10 minutes or if you are experiencing bleeding and have no one to help you call 911 or your local emergency services.