Some of the most hazardous scuba diving injuries involve severe bleeding wounds and serious lacerations.
Although they are not regular causes of fatalities, bleeding profusely underwater has serious implications for divers.
You may consider the following advice particularly appropriate for bleeding injuries caused by dive knives, stingrays, sharks, and boat propellers.
If bleeding continues through the initial pad, leave the pad in place and apply a second pad and bandage over the first. If bleeding still continues, replace the second pad and bandage. If major bleeding continues, it may be necessary to remove the initial pad and to reapply it in a better position if possible.
A constrictive bandage (minimum 5cm wide) may be used as a last resort after other methods to control life-threatening bleeding from a limb have failed.
If transport of the victim is unavoidable, do so with the victim laying down and the legs elevated if possible. The victim must be handled gently.
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