How to manage a bleeding socket




OK, so I'll freely admit it: this post probably isn't going to help you save a life, and it's unlikely to rock your world (that much). But we are emergency medicine doctors, and our patients seek us out whenever they experience what they consider a medical emergency. We are generalists, but we strive to specialise in the first 30 minutes of everything bad that can happen to people...


OK, enough hyperbole already! Your patient is bleeding from their mouth and it won't stop. What are you going to do? Let's take a few minutes to consider the troublesome post-extraction bleeding tooth socket.


The paper


Moran IJ, Richardson L, Heliotis M. A bleeding socket after tooth extraction. BMJ. 2017 Apr;357​[1]​



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