Severe lacerations, or cuts, can cause severe or brisk bleeding, especially if an artery is involved.
- Call 911 immediately.
- Promptly have the victim lie down. Elevate the site that is bleeding and apply firm, direct pressure to the site of bleeding, ideally using a clean cloth or other barrier.
- Maintain firm pressure until help arrives.
- Do not attempt to clean the wound.
- Some seeping or oozing may persist. Continuous, heavy blood flow indicates that pressure is not in the right spot, nor firm enough, or not covering a big enough area (the wound is too big). Reposition pressure if feasible.
- If bleeding is still not diminishing after several minutes of effort, maintain pressure at the wound and have someone else press firmly on the local arterial pressure point (in the arm under the biceps muscle, in the leg in the groin area).