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Facial LacerationsFacial lacerations are common but generally not serious injuries in football.
The concern about facial lacerations is that serious blood-borne viruses - HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C have the potential to be spread whenever there is blood present. Because of this, Sports Medicine Australia recommend the implementation of "Blood Rules" in all levels of sport from professional to amateur.
The rules are:
- STOP: A player who is bleeding or has blood on their clothing must immediately leave the playing field or court and seek medical attention.
- DRESS: The bleeding must be stopped, the wound dressed and blood on the player’s body or cleaned off before they return to the game.
- CLEAN: Play must cease until all blood on the ground or equipment is cleaned up.
Download Blood Rules OK booklet produced by Sports Medicine Australia
BLOOD BIN RULE FOR FACIAL LACERATION