…..wounds or severe trauma affecting other parts of the body. This may include amputated or partially amputated limbs above the wrist or ankle.
According to New Zealand Resuscitation Council, “There is no evidence that elevating a bleeding part will help control bleeding, and there is the potential to cause more pain or injury”. Raising a bleeding limb has long been accepted practice and, St John guidance found on there website advises that you should “raise the injured area.” They continue to say. “if the wound is on a limb, raise it in a supported position to reduce blood flow in the injured area”. Bleeding is one area where there are variations to the advice offered to people learning about first aid. Frustratingly, confusion is caused for learners because our industry fails to reach a consensus over basic principles. Our advice is to take a common-sense approach. If the technique is successful, use it. If you find it is not working or causing unnecessary suffering, then use an alternative method.
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Tomorrow we will continue to look at bleeding…..
Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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Data and information are fact-checked against various recognised sources, including the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, Health Navigator New Zealand, St John, and other recognised entities specialising in the specific subject content. It should be noted that variances in protocols exist and where necessary are identified.