Farming men, women, children and agricultural workers are exposed to many hazards which can potentially cause trauma and injury, resulting in bleeding. Bleeding may present as minor bleeding from small cuts, abrasions and nosebleeds or severe externally or internally bleeding caused by trauma. Bleeding always requires immediate attention and first aid.
- 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 assist into comfortable position. If suffering breathing difficulties – sit in an upright position. If no breathing difficulties raise legs above the level of the heart. Cover with a blanket but DO NOT overheat and protect from the external environment. DO NOT give food or drink.
- First aid for small cuts and abrasions can be treated at home. Clean the area of the wound, disinfect and apply a clean bandage or bandaid.
- 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. To purchase first aid kits visit our online Safety Shop.
To find out more on the different types of bleeding, treatment and management. Go to Better Health Channel
Severe bleeding, which doesn’t stop after 10 minutes of continuous pressure, requires medical attention.
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Last updated: 6th May, 2020