A tourniquet is a tight band used to help in completely stopping the flow of blood to a wound. According to Rod Brouhard, EMT-P, in order to control bleeding on the limb following an injury, a tourniquet must be ideally used only by the first responders with adequate training in giving emergency first aid.
This is why it can be a bit hard to ascertain to know the best time to use tourniquets and when these shouldn’t be used at all. Even if a tourniquet is used properly, this can cause some complications that could potentially result to severe tissue damage.
But, in cases of severe bleeding or emergencies where lives are at stake, the proper use of a tourniquet is one of the most effective methods to stop bleeding and help keep the injured person stable while waiting for the experts who can render proper medical attention.
There are a variety of tourniquets you can buy and have on hand. Most will work in just about any situation that requires a tourniquet but if you are carrying a tourniquet for use in a marine environment then you should probably be carrying one that is made for that environment. They make them much more resistant to corrosion that land tourniquets as the salt water can be wearing on them.
Some of the common emergency scenarios wherein civilians might be required to use tourniquets include deep cuts, car accidents, crushed limb due to work injury, and gunshot wounds.
Many people might never find themselves amidst a situation that will require the use of commercial tourniquets. Being prepared can save a life.
However, if you do find yourself in such a situation, being aware of how you can use a tourniquet the right way can potentially save the life of a person.
Primal Survivor teaches readers when and how to use a tourniquet.
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