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Internal Bleeding

As a result of injury, medication, and certain medical conditions, organs may bleed internally, causing pain, loss of consciousness, and even death. Warning signs: coughing or vomiting up blood or "coffee ground" material. Passing blood in urine or stool. Passing black tar-like bowel movements.

  • Call for medical assistance.

  • Have the victim lie flat and breath deeply.

  • Do not give anything by mouth.

  • Do not let the victim take any medication until attended to by an emergency medical technician or physician who permits it.

  • Monitor the ABC's and get help (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation).

  • See the First Aid section for a word of caution about coming in contact with a victim's body fluids.
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