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First aid for someone who’s
bleeding heavily

Watch the video, in which Zed is treated for a heavy bleed.

Use the information below the video to remind yourself how to help someone who is bleeding heavily.


Put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood.

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You are acting as a 'plug' to stop the blood escaping. The pressure you provide will help the blood clot and stop the bleeding.


Call 999 as soon as possible, or get someone else to do it.


Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

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