Myth: tipping a person’s head back to s

Myth: tipping a person’s head back to stop a nosebleed

Reality: tipping the head back of someone with a nosebleed can cause the patient to choke or swallow their own blood and vomit.

What to do: ask the patient to lean forward and use the thumb and forefingers to pinch the tip of the nose – rather than the hard bit of the nose – for 5 to 10 minutes. Discourage them from coughing or swallowing until the bleeding stops
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