Bleeding always requires immediate attention.
- Always call triple zero (000) in an emergency.
- First aid for severe external bleeding includes direct pressure on the wound maintained by using preferably clean pads and bandages, and raising the injured area above the level of the heart if possible.
- First aid for internal bleeding includes laying the person down, raising their legs above the level of their heart and not giving them anything to eat or drink.
Small cuts and scrapes can be treated at home. Clean the area of the wound, disinfect and apply a clean bandage.
Severe bleeding, which doesn’t stop after at least 10 minutes of continuous pressure, requires medical attention. Maintain the pressure and call an ambulance. It is critical to limit the loss of blood until emergency medical aid arrives.
Always have a well stocked first aid kit available. Keep several first aid kits around the farm, for example in the workshop, shearing shed and on the tractor.
References used for this bleeding page
Last updated: 25th October 2016