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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on nosebleeds.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Nosebleeds (also called epistaxis) are very common. They can occur at any age but are twice as common in children. Most nosebleeds are harmless and do not require treatment.

Nosebleeds usually happen when a small blood vessel inside the nose lining bursts and bleeds. The lining of the nose has lots of tiny blood vessels that warm the air as it enters the nose. This lining is very fragile and may break easily, causing bleeding.

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Page last updated: 03 Sep 2021

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