Uncommonly, about one in 200 patients, there is some bleeding after you go home. If this occurs, lie down and apply steady firm pressure over the wound as close as possible to the area that is oozing blood. Apply this pressure continuously for 15 minutes (time it). While applying pressure, do not lift the bandage to check for bleeding. If the bleeding persists after 15 minutes of steady pressure, call the office at (513)221-2828 for instructions. You can also reach Dr. Coldiron at home (859)291-1339 or his mobile phone (513)550-2828, or go to the nearest emergency room.

If the bleeding stops after 15 minutes, (as it almost always does), you may apply an additional layer to the dressing if it is soiled. Do not remove the original dressing until the following day when you clean the wound.