For visible bleeding, apply firm pressure to wound with a sterile bandage for at least five minutes. If blood seeps through, add another bandage on top and maintain pressure.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Injury is severe and bleeding heavily
  • Bleeding doesn't stop after five minutes of constant pressure
  • There's a gap between the edges of the wound about the width of a finger

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Blood is present in stool
  • Repeated nosebleeds
  • Unexplained and large areas of bruising
  • Very heavy menstrual bleeding, for women

Last Updated May 25, 2018

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