Emergency Aid Stage 3 - Dealing with Major Bleeding

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A session to help Scouts understand how to deal with major bleeding


Correct order for treatment (POL 14104 250107.pdf Source: The Scout Association)
True and False Statements (POL 14104a 250107.pdf Source: The Scout Association)


1. If a lot of blood is loss is can be serious, so should be controlled as soon as possible. If not dealt with quickly shock will develop
2. If you find a casualty who is bleeding a lot, examine the wound to check whether there is any object embedded in it. If there is you will need to apply pressure slightly differently to prevent the object being further embedded
3. Apply pressure to the wound, by pressing on it with a sterile dressing or clean pad. If the casualty is able ask them to do this, while putting on disposable gloves. If there is an object embedded in the wound apply the pressure on either side of the wound rather than directly
4. While applying the pressure raise the wound if possible above the heart, if it is a leg or arm this is relatively easy
5. The wound will now need to be dressed using a wound dressing. This will need to be applied fairly tightly, you can check if it is too tight by pinching the skin below the dressing and checking how quickly the blood returns. If it too tight redo the dressing slightly looser
6. If blood seeps through the dressing apply another dressing. If blood seeps through the second dressing take both off and start again
7. The casualty will need to be taken to hospital, so phone for an ambulance. While you are waiting for the ambulance monitor the casualty for signs of shock
Using these notes, allow the young people to practice dealing with minor bleeding.


  • emergency aid stage 3
  • first aid
  • major bleeding

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