The Short and Sweet About Bleeding

Bleeding can be categorized as bleeding you can see, and what you can’t see.  Bleeding you can see is simple, yet what you don't see requires emergency help immediately (think internal bleeding). 

Simply put, blood that is slowly oozing out of an injury is generally not life threatening and can be treated with direct pressure.  A slow, steady flow of blood can become serious if neglected, while blood that is rapidly spurting blood needs to be stopped immediately.  

The slow oozing bleeding can be controlled with direct pressure using your hands, or even an elastic style wrap, or one of our compression bandages, like the Emergency Bandage.  Flowing blood is typically from larger wounds and is likely dark red.  Spurting blood is the most dangerous type, and is indicative arterial bleeding.  Wounds with spurting blood must be stopped immediately using a tourniquet or the injured person is likely to enter shock quickly. As a point of reference, after losing just 1 liter of blood, shock can begin to take effect.  When in doubt, use a tourniquet.

Remember, "All bleeding stops eventually, stop it on your terms"