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Bleeding

Definition:

This condition involves losing blood. This can occur internally (when blood leaks from blood vessels inside the body), externally through a natural opening (such as the vagina , mouth, or rectum), or externally through a break in the skin.

Alternative Names

Blood loss; Open injury bleeding

Considerations

Direct pressure will stop most external bleeding, and is the most important initial first aid.

Blood loss can cause bruises, which usually result from a blow or a fall. They are dark, discolored areas on the skin. Apply a cool compress to the area as soon as possible to reduce swelling . Wrap the ice in a towel and place the towel over the injury. Do not place ice directly on the skin.

Serious injuries don’t always …