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Heavy bleeding refers to any kind of severe bleeding, either from an internal or external wound. Injuries to the hands or scalp tend to bleed profusely because of blood vessels near the surface of the skin.
In the event of serious bleeding, call 9-1-1. Dignity Health provides immediate trauma care for heavy bleeding in Arizona. Most wounds with heavy bleeding will need medical evaluation and treatment.
When visiting an emergency room at Dignity Health, use our InQuicker™ online tool by selecting your estimated hospital arrival time and wait at home until your time to be seen. Upon arrival and check-in, you will see a doctor who will assess your situation and determine the next appropriate level of care.
The symptoms of external bleeding will be obvious. Internal bleeding symptoms can include:
Internal bleeding is a medical emergency. You should call 9-1-1 if you suspect internal bleeding or you are unable to stop external bleeding.
The primary cause of heavy bleeding is traumatic injury — such as a blunt force hit, crush, or penetration. These injuries can include puncture wounds, fractures, deep cuts, or tissue tears.
Emergency room doctors at Dignity Health can perform minimally invasive surgery to treat many types of severe bleeding.
Follow these steps in the event of serious external bleeding: