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Injury management


When treating a bleeding player, gloves should be worn to protect the player and the first-aider from possible transmission of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. Blood must not be transferred from one player to another. Any items that have been contaminated by blood must be sealed in a plastic bag and discarded appropriately.

Major bleeding must be treated as soon as possible to reduce the flow of blood, as this may be enough to preserve a life. Apply direct pressure to a wound first and only apply indirect pressure if this is not possible. Arrange urgent transport to a hospital or doctor’s surgery.