If you help someone with broken skin your main priority should be to look after yourself:
PUT ON GLOVES OR ANY OTHER PROTECTIVE BARRIER YOU CAN FIND
An easy way to remember how to look after someone with a cut or a bleeding part is to use the word SEEP.
SIT the person down (before they fall down!) and rest the injured body part so that the
wound does not become worse
ELEVATE if safe, raise the injured body part above the heart level to help slow the blood flow to the wound
EXAMINE have a quick sneak-peak at the wound to gauge if you need to call 999
PRESSURE put firmly on the wound to help slow bleeding and start the clotting process.
If possible put a cold* compress/bandage on the wound to help slow down the bleeding and
* be careful not to put ice directly onto the body as it may cause a burn
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Hi, I'm Becki From First4Aid. I have dealt with some wierd and wonderful first aid incidents so you will be in good hands if you come on one of our First Aid Training Courses in Coventry or the West Midlands!