Caring for Soft Tissue Injuries Closed Wound (internal injuries) Apply something cold to control swelling Signals of Internal Bleeding Tender, swollen, bruised Rapid / weak pulse Skin (cool, moist, pale, bluish) Vomiting / coughing up blood Excessive thirst Confused, faint, drowsy or unconscious
Caring for an Open Wound Control bleeding (sterile dressing-direct pressure) Raise / elevate above heart (if no broken bone is suspected) Apply bandage snugly over dressing (if bleeding does not stop apply additional dressing) If bleeding cannot be controlled, put pressure to supplying artery
Continued Call EMS Care for shock Wash hands after care
Caring for Shock Have victim lie down, elevate legs about 12” (unless you suspect head, neck, back injuries) Call 9-1-1 Control any external bleeding Help victim maintain body temperature Do not give food or drink Reassure victim
Severed Body Part Wrap the part completely in gauze or a clean towel. Wet the towel with cool water. Place the wrapped body part in a plastic bag & seal it shut. Place the sealed bag in to another bag or bucket filled with ice. Take the bag with the amputated body part to the hospital with the victim.
Embedded Objects Do not remove it Place several objects around object to support it Eye-cover both eyes
Organs that Break Through the Abdomen Carefully remove clothing from around the move Cover organs with a moist, sterile / clean dressing Cover dressing with plastic wrap Place a folded towel / cloth to keep warm