Heavy bleeding is severe bleeding or a large amount of bleeding. It can be either external or internal. Wounds to the scalp and hands tend to bleed a great deal. These areas have many blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. Other wounds that bleed heavily are those involving large veins and arteries. These types of wounds can lead to infection and rapid blood loss. Wound care for heavy bleeding usually requires medical treatment. Internal bleeding is a medical emergency.
Unsure when to go to the ER for heavy bleeding? Dial 911 and seek medical attention if you cannot stop external bleeding after five minutes of constant pressure or if you suspect internal bleeding. Use the Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican online waiting service, InQuicker, to select your estimated arrival time for heavy bleeding in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
Symptoms of Heavy Bleeding in Las Vegas, NV
Symptoms of heavy bleeding depend on whether the bleeding is external or internal. External heavy bleeding is obvious. Internal bleeding is not always obvious. Symptoms of internal bleeding may include:
- Clammy or cold skin
- Swollen or painful abdomen
- Lightheadedness, dizziness, or weakness
- Loss of consciousness
- Coughing up blood
- Bleeding from a body opening, such as the anus, ear, or mouth
Heavy Bleeding Causes
Trauma is the main cause of heavy bleeding. This can include crush, blunt, or penetrating trauma. Examples include puncture wounds, fractures, and deep tears or cuts in tissue.
Treating Heavy Internal Bleeding & Heavy External Bleeding
Medical care is required to stop internal bleeding. Tend to the person until medical personnel arrive by applying direct pressure to the wound, helping them lie down, covering them with a jacket or blanket, and elevating their legs.
For external bleeding, do not remove objects that are embedded in the wound. Brush away any loose debris. Then control the bleeding using a sterile bandage or clean cloth and applying pressure. Maintain pressure as you press very firmly on the wound. Do not apply pressure to an embedded object, the eyes, or head wounds if you suspect a skull fracture.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers emergency services for heavy bleeding in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.