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What to look out for:

• Pain and difficulty in breathing
• Confusion
• Shock
• Coughing up blood
• Blue lips and skin
• Blood frothing out of a wound
• Unconsciousness

What to do:

1. Cover the wound immediately with your hand or, if the patient is conscious, their hand.

2. Cover the wound with a sterile dressing. If the wound is deep, cover this dressing with a plastic bag or similar and make an airtight seal by sticking down the four sides down with tape or securing it with a bandage.

3. If the casualty is conscious get them to sit down, leaning slightly towards the side that is injured.

4. Send for an ambulance.


If the casualty becomes unconscious, check they are still breathing and have a pulse, and put in the recovery position on their injured side. If breathing stops; start artificial ventilation and, if you lose a pulse, cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


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