First-Aid How to Treat a Bleeding Wound Part 3 Special Deep Wounds

About how to treat a bleeding wound, tips and instructions on best methods to stop blood flow, how to treat deep wounds.


When wounds go deep into the head, neck, chest, or abdomen, it is particularly important that no additional harm be done to the victim (through some careless form of handling or transportation) before medical care is available.


1. Stop the bleeding and protect from contaminations as given under Bleeding.

2. Except in head wounds, ease any breathing difficulty by gently propping up the head and shoulders with pillows. If the difficulty is severe or breathing has stopped, apply artificial respiration. (See: Breathing Difficulty or Stoppage.)

3. If there is a head wound, keep the victim lying flat without a pillow.

4. If there is a chest wound, do not remove any object stuck in the chest. Do immediately bandage the wound (or around the wound) snugly and thoroughly to prevent dangerous entrance and exit of air, preferably using sterile gauze and adhesive tape.

5. Do not move the affected parts at all, if possible. Summon an ambulance immediately. However, if medical assistance will be delayed, transport the victim carefully and in a supported, prone position to the nearest medical help.

6. Do not give food or liquid, as the victim will probably have surgery.

7. Treat for shock.

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