First Aid Management
Internal Bleeding occurs when there is a rupture of either an artery, vein or capillaries within the body. Sometimes the bleeding is visible and other times not.
Concealed Bleeding is more difficult to recognise than visible bleeding therefore if you are unsure it is better to treat the person as if they are losing blood internally. It does no harm to the casualty, to be managed this way but it could be life threatening if treatment is not initiated.
Remember to look at the important observations that may indicate internal blood loss and a
, which include:
- Skin appearance
- Conscious state
For more signs and symptoms to confirm internal blood loss see
Internal Bleeding - Recognition.
If you are unsure, assume the worst and treat for internal bleeding.
Unfortunately, the untrained medical person can not stop internal blood loss. However, the aim of management is to try and assist in slowing down the loss of blood so the chance of survival is increased.
If you need to find out about First Aid for External Bleeding
External Bleeding Page.
Learn more about CPR
CPR Questions & Answers.
Are you needing to put together a First Aid Kit. Here is our comprehensive
First Aid Kit Checklists.
You may be interested in learning about:
First Aid for Cuts and Scrapes
First Aid for Fractures
First Aid for Burns
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