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When should one call 911 for bleeding cuts or wounds?

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Call 911 if:

  • Bleeding is severe
  • You suspect internal bleeding
  • There is an abdominal or chest wound
  • Bleeding can't be stopped after 10 minutes of firm and steady pressure
  • Blood spurts out of wound

From: Bleeding Cuts or Wounds WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mark Reiter, MD, American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Family Doctor: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches.”

Merck Manuals Online: “Wounds.”

American Red Cross/Lakeland Chapter: “Safety & Preparedness.”

Healthy Children: “Acute Bleeding.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Mark Reiter, MD, American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Family Doctor: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches.”

Merck Manuals Online: “Wounds.”

American Red Cross/Lakeland Chapter: “Safety & Preparedness.”

Healthy Children: “Acute Bleeding.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

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