When to Call an Ambulance: Signs of Severe Bleeding

The most common cause of severe bleeding is a cut or wound. This can be caused by an accident on the road, in your home or workplace, or even during sports. However, there are other causes that require immediate attention from a paramedic and/or an ambulance service. The following list includes some of the most common reasons why someone would call an ambulance:

Blood coming from the mouth or nose

If you see blood coming from your child's nose, call 911. If you are unsure if it is serious enough to call an ambulance, err on the side of caution. It's better to be safe than sorry! Blood in urine can be related to kidney function; if you experience blood in your urine, even if you think it might not be serious (i.e., "it's just a little bit"), call 911 immediately because it could potentially lead to life-threatening complications if left untreated. Never assume that a nosebleed will stop on its own--if there is any doubt about how serious it may be and whether medical attention should be sought out immediately instead of waiting around until tomorrow morning when things seem more stable again before seeking help from medical professionals

Blood in the urine or stool

If you see blood in your urine or stool, call 911. This is a sign of a serious condition that requires immediate treatment.

If you are not sure if it is blood or not, call 911 anyway! You don't want to regret not calling for help when the situation could have been easily prevented by calling for an ambulance early on.

Also, call 911 if someone else has had a nosebleed and is experiencing difficulty breathing or swallowing due to swelling in their throat; these symptoms may indicate that they have anemia (a lack of red blood cells) or another condition requiring immediate medical attention.

A large cut that won't stop bleeding

If you have a large cut that won't stop bleeding, then it's time to call 911. In addition to being painful and potentially life-threatening, blood loss can cause shock. If you notice that there is an excessive amount of blood coming from your wound, apply pressure with some sort of dressing (such as a clean cloth) directly onto the wound. If this doesn't work and you are still unable to stop the bleeding after five minutes, call 911 immediately; do not remove any bandages or dressings until help arrives--if they get washed out of place during transport to a hospital or clinic then they won't be able to do their job correctly once they are reapplied later!

Large wounds on the face, neck, or chest

If you see blood or a large wound on the face, neck, or chest, call 911 immediately. If you have an auto-injector available, administer it immediately to stop the bleeding. If you don't have one and can't get to a hospital within 5 minutes (the time it takes for anaphylaxis to set in), use a tourniquet instead--and tell the 911 operator that you are using one!

  • Administering first aid skills is not always easy under pressure, but try your best not to panic while helping someone who has been injured by bleeding out quickly because it could cost them their life.

After administering first aid treatments as necessary and catering to your patient's needs for comfort until help arrives

Severe head, neck, or back injury

Severe head, neck, or back injuries are serious. The head, neck, and back are not designed to take the kind of force that can cause a life-threatening injury. If you suspect a head, neck, or back injury, call 911 immediately. Call 911 if an injury is serious enough to cause vomiting or loss of consciousness. If someone is showing signs of shock (breathing rapidly; cool, clammy skin; pale complexion), call 911 as well: it's important for paramedics to know whether they need to bring equipment with them when they arrive on the scene so they can stabilize the patient before transporting them anywhere else

Severe abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting

  • Blood in the stool (stomach contents)
  • Abdominal tenderness over the area of bleeding causes discomfort when touched by a hand or pressed on by a doctor's fingers. The amount of pressure needed to cause this pain can help determine if you have internal bleeding.
  • Loss of appetite or feeling full quickly after eating only small amounts of food at a time; this may be due to anemia caused by blood loss. Anemia occurs when not enough red blood cells are produced because there is not enough iron in your body cells' hemoglobin molecules to carry oxygen from your lungs throughout all parts of your body, including those that need extra-diligent oxygenation such as active muscles during exercise or parts like heart muscle which requires greater amounts than other organs because it works so hard every day!

Call 911 when you suspect serious danger.

When to Call an Ambulance: Signs of Severe Bleeding

If you are bleeding profusely and do not have a way to stop the blood, call 911. If you can't get to a phone, call 911 from a cell phone. If your voice is weak or if it is difficult for others to understand what is wrong with you, leave the line open and send an emergency message (SMS) to your local 911 center by texting "911" followed by your location information (address) and details about what's happening (e.g., "I'm bleeding severely").


You should never be afraid to call an ambulance if you think someone is in danger. If you are unsure about whether or not they need emergency care, call 911 and let them decide what's best.


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