The body is designed to stop bleeding on its own or with simple first aid. When your body loses large amounts of blood quickly, you need an expert to stabilize the blood loss. Rapid blood loss is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Dignity Health can help. Call 911 for emergency care for external or internal bleeding in Southern California.
For injuries that aren’t life-threatening but require medical care, use our online waiting system InQuicker to select an estimated arrival time in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and in Inland Empire cities San Bernardino, Fontana, and Highland. Emergency services and urgent care at Dignity Health Southern California offer fast, personalized care to heal a wide range of emergencies, including heavy bleeding.
Signs of Internal Bleeding & When to Visit The ER
Your body may bleed after a cut on the scalp or trauma to an internal organ, such as the liver. It’s not always apparent that bleeding is happening inside of the body. Only a trained professional can evaluate you after trauma to tell if internal organs are bleeding.
If you cannot stop external bleeding after five minutes and experience any of the symptoms below, dial 911 for prompt medical attention:
- Vomiting or coughing up blood
- Cold, clammy skin
- Painful or swollen abdomen
- Lightheadedness or loss of consciousness
First Aid for Excessive Bleeding
With the proper care, you can help stop bleeding and lessen the complications until professional help arrives.
First Aid for External Wounds
To treat external wounds that are bleeding, brush away loose debris but do not remove any objects lodged within the wound. Apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or bandage. Never press on the eyes, an object within the wound, or on head wounds with suspected skull fracture.
First Aid for Internal Bleeding
Only an expert can stop bleeding inside of the body. If you suspect internal bleeding, dial 911 and then follow these tips:
- Help the injured person lie down
- Elevate the victim’s legs
- Cover the injured person with a blanket
The emergency doctors and staff at Dignity Health Southern California offer personalized treatment with the humankindness you deserve, even when in an emergency situation. Rely on us when you need to go to the ER.
Emergency services at Dignity Health treat excessive bleeding in Southern California.