It's important to clean a wound before applying a plaster or dressing. This will reduce the risk of infection and encourage the healing process.
A plaster or larger dressing is usually all that is needed to stop a wound bleeding. However, you might need to apply pressure to the area, and if an arm or leg is affected, you should raise it above heart level if possible.
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