Nurse Aide

Category - Physical Care

What should be the first action to help a client who is bleeding from the left forearm?
  1. Lower the body part.
  2. Apply pressure to the brachial artery.
  3. Apply direct pressure to the wound.
  4. Cover the person.
Answer: C - To control external bleeding, apply pressure with your hand over the bleeding site. Do not release the pressure until the bleeding stops. The affected part should be elevated. Applying pressure over the artery above the bleeding site, e.g. to the brachial artery, is only applicable if the direct pressure does not control the bleeding. Remember the question is asking for the first action. Covering the person is not a correct action.
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