If your skin is broken, blood may leak out. This condition must be treated immediately by properly stopping the bleeding. If not, the risk of infection or even more bleeding increases. Light bleeding can heal on its own without special treatment. However, if the exiting blood volume is large enough, the treatment steps must be carried out immediately.
How to stop bleeding in small wounds
To stop bleeding from the wound there are a number of things you need to look out for, such as:
2. Clean the wound
Gently clean the bleeding wound with soap and warm water until the dust, dirt, or gravel that may cling to the wound is completely clean. If there are small foreign objects that are difficult to remove by simply rinsing them, remove them with pliers that have been cleaned or soaked in alcohol.
3. Press on the wound
After all debris is removed from the wound, apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or bandage to stop the bleeding. When the blood begins to leak, do not remove the first bandage, but replace it with a new bandage so that the wound is bandaged twice.
4. Position the wound so that it is over the heart
If possible, position the injured part of the body so that it is over the heart. For example, if your hand is injured, raise your hand. This is done to slow the flow of blood to the wound area so that the bleeding stops faster.
5. Apply the ointment
For smaller wounds, you can apply ointment or petroleum jelly to the injured area. This cream or gel will speed up the healing process and reduce the chance of scarring.
6. Do not always cover the wound
If you have a small wound that is unlikely to get dirty, you shouldn’t cover the wound with a bandage or bandage.