What you can do when an injury with serious bleeding occurs
RAPID CITY, S.D. — When an injury with serious bleeding occurs every minute counts.
Simply waiting for emergency responders to arrive could be a luxury you don’t have. That’s why EMTs encourage people to do whatever they can to stop or control the bleeding until they arrive on scene.
While Stop The Bleed kits are available commercially there are household items that can be used as well. Lieutenant Jim Bussell with the Rapid City Fire Department says the most important thing you can do is apply pressure to the wound.
“Do that with your hands and then if you have a dressing of some sort to put on; a towel, a t-shirt, gause. Whatever it is put direct pressure on. The other thing that’s important to remember is once you get that direct pressure on there and you have a dressing applied don’t remove it because when you do that you could remove any clots that have developed.” said Bussell.
For more information on stopping the bleed and where you can get a kit visit stopthebleed.org.