Trauma/Bleeding Emergencies

Bleeding Emergency

How to Manage Trauma/Bleeding Emergencies

Injuries can happen at any time, especially on playgrounds or at sporting events. Quick recognition and response to trauma can limit tissue damage and in some cases, save lives. In the case of an open wound, life-threatening blood loss can occur from serious injury within minutes, and so a rapid response is vital.

Traumatic injuries can be especially devastating for children. Emergency departments treat over 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries per year, and, unfortunately, gun violence continues to claim the lives of children and teens. In these types of traumatic events, stopping the bleeding can be life-saving.

Schools need to be ready at all times to recognize and respond to traumatic injuries, such as bleeding. Part of a school’s medical emergency response planning needs to include education on this medical emergency. Here are key points on how a school can recognize and respond to bleeding.

How a school can recognize and respond to a trauma emergency.


Life-threatening bleeding

Trauma can result in life-threatening bleeding, and like other medical emergencies, response time is critical.


In case of a bleeding emergency, follow this protocol:

  • 1 Activate your medical emergency response protocol including calling 911 immediately and fetching your trauma kit immediately
  • 2 Apply clean cloth and firm pressure to the site of bleeding
  • 3 Apply tourniquet if bleeding is in the arm or leg; tighten until bleeding stops
  • 4 Continue to keep person as calm as possible until EMS arrives, at which time the person will go to the emergency department for further care

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Whether you’re a school professional or a concerned parent, we’re here to help you develop a personalized plan that prepares you to take action in a medical emergency.