Although nosebleeds may look frightening they are not often very serious. They can usually be treated effectively by a competent first aider. Nosebleeds may be heavy or light and can last from a few seconds to up to 10 minutes or longer. 


  • Sit the casualty down with the head leaning well forward.
  • Encourage them or help them to pinch the soft part of the nose, just below the bony bit, for at least 10 to 15 minutes to allow for blood clot formation.
  • It is rare if this is not successful but if the bleeding doesn’t stop then maintain pressure on the nose and seek medical attention.
  • Once the bleeding has stopped, tell them not to blow the nose or do anything which may disturb the blood clot for at least six hours.