Read the scenario and ask yourself, What would I do?
Thirty minutes before shift change, you and your partner are dispatched to a duplex for a "man hemorrhaging." When you arrive you find a 31-year-old man lying on the floor next to a shattered glass coffee table. According to his wife, your patient tripped over a rug and fell onto the glass coffee table. The wife stated that she heard a crash and ran into the room to see what happened.
When she saw her husband bleeding on the floor, she called EMS. She stated that he did not lose consciousness. However, she admitted that she was only focusing on controlling the bleeding from her husband's neck wound. Your assessment reveals that the man is alert and oriented. He is talking in complete sentences but is spitting blood. He has suffered multiple lacerations to the face and neck. He has a laceration to the right cheek about 2" long and a 4"-long laceration to the right side of his neck, just below the ear, and down the shoulder. The bleeding from the neck appears to be controlled, but there is a significant amount of blood on the towel that the wife used to apply pressure to the wound. Vital signs include a pulse of 110 beats/min, respirations of 22 breaths/min, and a blood pressure of 132/82 mm Hg.