Intravenous access should be obtained and the following bloods sent:

  • Full blood count
  • Coagulation profile
  • Cross match or Group & save
  • Venous Blood Gas

Imaging is rarely required. The exception is if embolisation of the bleeding vessel is being considered by interventional radiology. Remember, a CT scan of the neck delivers a high radiation dose to the underlying structures, particularly the thyroid in young children.

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