Everyone should know how to *immediately* stop severe bleeding.

If you don’t know how to save a life in massive haemorrhage, have a read of this article I wrote for our nation’s 5,000 Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) lifeguards.

You never know when your child might put a hand through a glass window or ranch slider, or when you’ll be the first on the scene of a car crash where a patient is exsanguinating. If there is severe bleeding, there is often no time to wait around for help to arrive. An ambulance could take 5 to 40 minutes. You either know what to do, and get on with it, or you watch them bleed to death.

Along with knowing how to use an AED (defibrillator), and how to do chest thrusts on a choking person, these are the 3 essential first-aid MUST KNOWs, in my opinion. No time for an ambulance…it’s up to you.

Click on the link below to read the article: