Bleeding

By: Maya R

Definition

Bleeding can be internal and external. Internal bleeding is breaking veins or busting arteries. This can be blood beneath skin. External bleeding is when blood is outside of the body. Damage to soft tissue can also be considered external bleeding.

Conditions

External Bleeding is caused by:

  • sharp edges
  • bruising
  • contusion
  • falling
Internal Bleeding is caused by:


  • falling
  • bumping against things

Signs and Symptoms

  • dark bruises
  • blood clots
  • blood on skin
  • blood under skin

First Aid

On any wound it is important to keep the wound clean and apply pressure to area. If needed use gauze or band-aid depending on severity. It is important to follow Universal Precautions when someone is externally. When bleeding stops apply ice for 20 minutes on and off.