Recently, a friend knocked on my door and held up his finger, which had been severed by his dog’s lead outside my house! I placed it in a bag, kept it cool and drove to A&E.
If someone is bleeding heavily, either from a cut or another cause, such as miscarriage, call an ambulance.
Lie the person down and check for any obvious wound. Apply continuous pressure over it with your hand, using a clean pad, if possible. If blood seeps through the pad, don’t remove it – apply another on top so you don’t disturb the wound. Maintain pressure until bleeding stops, then bandage wound firmly.
If something is embedded in the wound, such as glass, don’t remove it. Instead, press firmly on either side of the object. If a finger has been severed, place it in a sealed plastic bag, keep it cool
(for example, place the bag inside another bag containing iced water) and give it to paramedics – it may be possible to reattach it.
• Thanks to St John Ambulance for its help. For more first aid advice, visit sja.org.uk