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General points on slowing blood flow from a wound

1.  Make sure that people know


Their UK telephone number is 0800-581420.  Click here for their website.

2.  Avoid the following

These medications can prolong bleeding because they inhibit blood platelets from working correctly.  There affect is typically minimal in healthy people but they shoiuld not be taken by people with a confirmed or suspected bleeding disorder such as HPS.  They are present in many prescription and over-the-counter medicines so check with your doctor or pharmacist when buying medicines or having prescriptions made up.  You can also check the ingredients label on the packaging.

2.   Use a moist dressing

3.  Any bleeding wound is an opening into the body for germs.

4.  Be prepared to apply pressure (compression) for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Picture of a roll of elasticated flexible and cohesive coflex bandage for holding dressing and aplying light pressure. Picture of a roll of Coban elasticated cohesive bandage (in very vivid colours) for holding dressing and aplying light pressure. Picture of a persons wrist bandaged with coflex elasticated and cohesive bandage.

Above: Coflex or Caban are flexible elasticated bandages that stick to themselves.  They can be used to hold dressings in place and apply light pressure.

5. Use the R.I.C.E. approach to treat bleeding

R.  I.  C.  E. stands for:

For nose bleeds


For bruising


Abrasions, Cuts, and minor bleeding

Moderate bleeding

Severe bleeding

Managing bleeding & bruising in Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome