According to Harford Consensus, to control a massive hemorrhage or bleeding, the steps that we must follow are the A, B and C of bleeding.
What steps should I follow to control a hemorrhage?
What does this ABC of bleeding mean?
ABC are the three fundamental steps in the control of a massive hemorrhage or heavy bleeding, in short the 3 steps are:
- "Alert" call the 112 phone, alert the emergency medical services of the presence of a massive hemorrhage or heavy bleeding, since this needs early care and through advanced Life Support.
- "Bleeding" translated to Castilian of "bleeding". To remember better this acronym in Spanish "Search for Bleeding." We must pay attention and verify the origin of the hemorrhage or hemorrhages for later attention, especially if it is of the following type:
a) Profuse bleeding
b) Loss of a member
c) Abundant blood accumulated on the floor
d) Dressings or bandages soaked by bleeding
e) Bleeding in a confused and disoriented person
- "Control of Bleeding" point where we will perform the control of that hemorrhage to avoid worse evils, or even death.
This "bleeding control" will be carried out through different bleeding control techniques like, the technique of wound packaging, direct pressure over it and well through the tourniquet application, which is proven efficient and effective against this type of massive hemorrhages or heavy bleeding.
A campaign initiated in the USA and already extended by Europe and South America, called Bleeding Control, summarize everything in one sentence:
"There is no death more tragic than could have been avoided"
In short, any person, with adequate training, can assume the difference between life and death of a person, simply having acquired some basic notions such as "Control of Bleeding". We must bear in mind that any person can suffer or witness an accident or misfortune, by which this type of bleeding, type, domestic accidents, traffic accidents, work accidents or catastrophes or terrorist attacks, where this is very frequent, can occur. type of damage.