Wounds and bleeding

First aid for gunshot wounds

Linda Buys, author of The Illustrated South African First Aid Manual, provides step-by-step instructions on how to treat a gunshot wound.


Minor bleeding can usually be treated at home with simple washing and bandaging the wound.


Nosebleeds are common, and can usually be treated at home.

Self-donating blood

While the risk of receiving contaminated blood by means of a blood transfusion is minimal, no blood is as safe as your own. So why not donate it to yourself before a big operation?


Do you know when a wound has become infected? Learn more about when medical care is needed.

First aid for cuts

What should you do if you have a cut? And where are stitches necessary?

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