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.
Heavy Bleeding Symptoms
The symptoms of external bleeding will be obvious. Internal bleeding symptoms can include:
- Feeling lightheaded
- Weakness or loss of consciousness
- Bleeding from an opening, such as the mouth or ear
- Pain or swelling in the abdomen
- Cold, clammy skin
- Vomiting or coughing up blood
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.
Heavy Bleeding Causes
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.
Heavy Bleeding Treatment at Dignity Health
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:
As part of our emergency services, Dignity Health offers state-of-the-art trauma care for all types of heavy bleeding in Arizona.
- Brush away any loose debris.
- If an object is embedded in the wound, do not remove it.
- Control bleeding with a clean cloth or sterile bandage and apply pressure.
- Press firmly on the wound and maintain pressure.
- Do not apply pressure on the eyes, head wounds, or an embedded object if you suspect a skull fracture.
- Find urgent medical care for wounds that do not stop bleeding after five minutes of constant pressure.
- After calling 9-1-1, help the person lie down. Apply pressure to the wound, elevate the legs, and cover the person with a blanket or jacket.