Vein or Artery?
Bleeding from an artery flows quickly and in spurts, and the blood is bright red. Bleeding from a vein flows evenly and the blood is dark red.
What to Do:
If the cut is severe and you can’t get to a hospital right away, begin this treatment:
- Rinse the wound and apply pressure to the cut with sterile gauze, a bandage, or a clean cloth
- If blood soaks through, place another bandage over the first and continue applying pressure.
- Raise the injured body part to slow the bleeding, but don’t apply a tourniquet. When bleeding stops, cover the wound with a new, clean bandage.
- To minimize scarring, apply sunblock daily once the wound has fully healed.
Contact a doctor if the cut:
- Seems deep or the edges of the cut are widely separated
- Is on the lip and crosses the pink border onto the face
- Continues to ooze and bleed even after applying pressure
- Is from a bite (animal or human)
Seek emergency medical care if:
- A body part is partially or fully amputated
- Blood is spurting out of a cut and is difficult to control
- There is so much bleeding that bandages are becoming soaked