it’s from a sawing accident, a car crash or a gunshot wound,
when blood starts pouring, saving a life starts with stopping
Meyer, a Mayo Clinic trauma nurse, says stopping the bleed
comes down to "A," "B" and "C."
says "A" stands for alert somebody.
you come upon a scene and see something, call 911," Meyer
says. "Yell out to somebody to get help."
"B" stands for bleeding.
look for that bleeding source," Meyer says. "Is
there a lot of blood around the area? What are we looking at?
Find the bleeding source."
she says, "C" is for compression.
going to compress that area, be it with a wound and dressing
application or with tourniquet application," Meyer says.
teaches courses on how to stop the bleed, and says getting a
tourniquet placed 2 inches above wounds on the extremities can
be the difference between life and death.
in her career as a trauma nurse, she has seen to many cases
end badly because people did not know what to do when they saw
someone badly injured and bleeding.
are very sad when you think of — by a tourniquet application
or somebody applying pressure directly to that wound — their
life could have been saved," Meyer says.
why it’s important to remember "A," alert;
"B," assess the bleeding, and "C,"
compress the wound.