First aid knowledge is a wonderful thing to have. Who knows when you may find yourself in a situation when you can render medical assistance? If no one is around and you must manage profuse bleeding, call for help and whilst emergency trained workers are en route, do what you can. If time permits and you have some at your disposal, put on gloves. Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a towel or cloth, until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding does not stop and it soaks through the towel or cloth, do not remove, instead add more cloths or towels and apply even more pressure. If there are no fractures, head, neck or spinal injuries, elevate the affected area. If bleeding stops, before emergency personnel arrives, continue to hold pressure and keep the person as calm as possible. This knowledge alone may be suffice to save someone’s life. Hopefully you will never have to use it but it is always best to follow the scouts motto “Be prepared.”
“Winning is the science of being totally prepared.”
George Allen, Snr.