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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.

1

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.

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2

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

3

Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

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