First Aid for Bleeding

Follow these steps to stop a severe cut from bleeding in the field.

Q: My friend and I often hunt in remote locations. What should we know, as far as first aid is concerned, about stopping bleeding?

A: Accidents happen in the field; that is just a fact of life. There are certain things you should know in the unfortunate event that you or your hunting partner gets cut, and you are suddenly tasked with stopping bleeding.

Severe Bleeding: Cover the wound with a pad and press hard. Stop the bleeding with a bandage. If the pad becomes soaked, do not remove it. Put another pad on top of the first and continue pressure. Get medical help as quickly as possible.

Arterial Bleeding From Arm: Control it by squeezing the artery with the flat of your fingers against the upper arm bone at a pressure point.

Arterial Bleeding from Leg: Control it by pressing the artery with the heel of your hand against the pelvic bone.

We also recommend taking a first-aid course from a certified instructor before your next hunt. The above information is good knowledge to have, but it does not take the place of professional medical advice or training.





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2 Responses to First Aid for Bleeding

Jon Edwards wrote:
May 07, 2014

I agree with LCC. Get a good field first aid course. OWN a military manual on first aid and survival, and read it. I was a rangemaster in the USAF, sent my troops to get EMT training. I received a trauma certification. Good knowledge. Spend the money for a quality course.

Left Coast Chuck wrote:
May 07, 2014

Don't waste your time or money taking a Red Cross first aid course. All they teach is to control bleeding, get a clear airway, apply CPR and call 911. If you read the article above, you got about 75[%] of the class already. If you want to get a real first aid class such as used to be taught to boy scouts back when I was young — long, long ago and far, far away — you need to take a wilderness first responder class which is a lot more expensive that the Red Cross class, so I would check for references before I popped for the tuition. Instead of taking the Red Cross class, spend the $30 or $40 it costs on lottery tickets. It will do you more good.