How To Help Control Bleeding From The Mouth
VideoJug presents an excellent visual guide explaining the basics of caring for a bleeding mouth. Using an example of a bit to the lip, with our helpful and safe advice, learn how to control bleeding from the mouth.
Step 1: You will need
- a pair of sterile disposable gloves
- some sterile gauze pads
Step 2: Make The Person Comfortable
Bleeding from the mouth can be alarming so it's important that you reassure the injured person and make them comfortable. It's best if they are sitting down at a table where you can put your first aid supplies.
Step 3: Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands thoroughly using soap and dry them. Put on a pair of disposable gloves if you have them.
Step 4: Use A Gauze Pad
Next, put a gauze pad over the injury and ask the person to press on the pad between their finger and thumb.
Step 5: Apply Pressure
Apply moderate pressure, make sure the person keeps pressing on the pad for ten minutes.
Step 6: Replace The Pad
If the pad becomes soaked in blood, replace it with a new one. Blood soaked pads should be sealed in a water tight plastic bag and placed in a bin to stop the blood coming into contact with other people.
It is important to remind the injured person to let any blood run out of their mouth as swallowing it may make them feel sick and vomit.
Step 7: Apply Further Pressure
If the bleeding has not stopped apply pressure for another ten minutes.
Step 8: Avoid Washing Mouth And Hot Drinks
After thirty minutes, the bleeding should have stopped, but you will still need to avoid washing out your mouth or drinking anything hot for twelve hours as this may disturb a clot.
Step 9: Seek Medical Advice
If the bleeding has not stopped after half an hour, you should seek dental or medical advice.