How to Stop a Nosebleed

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When stopping a nosebleed, instead of leaning back like most people think to do, you should actually pinch your nose and lean forward. Learn how to stop a nose bleed with advice from an emergency medical technician in this free video on emergency first aid.

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Hi my name is Nathan McConnell. I'm a paramedic and EMS instructor in Brunswick County, North Carolina and this is how to step a nosebleed. Some things we're going to need to stop a nosebleed are some gauze bandage. The first step in stopping a nosebleed, most patients think that the best thing to do is to pinch the nose and hold their head back, but it's not, so the first thing you want to do is to make them lean forward. So you're going to take them. You're going to lean forward and you are going to have them pinch both sides of their nostrils just below the hard part of the bone. It's going to be the soft part of the nose and we can pinch it off. If this doesn't stop the bleeding then we'll take some gauze bandage and we'll remove their hand and then we'll continue to give a lot of pressure and tell them this is going to hurt. We're going to give a lot of pressure. The more pressure, the better. It is going to be able to stop the bleeding off, and at this point we just continue to hold pressure until the bleeding has stopped. One of the reasons we don't want to have the patient have their head back is because the blood that's in their nose will drain back into their throat, and we don't want to have any airway problems. My name is Nathan McConnell and this has been how to stop a nosebleed.

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