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Applying Direct Pressure

  • Wear disposable latex gloves if available.
  • Place a thick, clean compress (consisting of gauze or soft clean cloth) directly over the wound. The compress will absorb blood and help the clotting process.
  • Apply pressure to the victim's wound by placing your palm directly over the compress and pressing firmly.
  • If blood soaks through, do not remove the compress. Instead, add more cloth pads over it as needed. Removing the compress may reopen the wound and result in further bleeding.