IdentificationBleeding from the ear can result from different causes. A burst eardrum may have been caused by trauma, an explosion, or a foreign body being pushed into the ear. In this case, the casualty may have difficulty standing and complain of deafness and sharp pain or earache.
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If the casualty has sustained a blow to the head, the ear may bleed watery blood. This is serious and suggests a possible skull fracture.
Conscious casualtyEncourage the patient to sit with their head leaning toward the injured side so the blood drains. If the injury is minor, apply gentle pressure with a clean sterile pad.
If the injury may be serious, place the casualty in the recovery position with a clean pad under the ear. Allow it to drain freely. An ambulance should be called.