How To Use A Field Tourniquet

How To Use A Field Tourniquet

A field tourniquet is a device used to control severe bleeding in emergency situations. Here are the steps to use a field tourniquet:

  1. Locate the source of bleeding and make sure it is a severe, life-threatening bleed. Tourniquets are not recommended for minor bleeding as they can cause further damage.

  2. Place the tourniquet as high up on the affected limb as possible, between the wound and the heart. For example, if the wound is on the arm, place the tourniquet above the elbow.

  3. Tighten the tourniquet until the bleeding stops. Make sure to tighten it enough to completely occlude blood flow to the affected area.

  4. Lock the tourniquet in place. Most tourniquets have a locking mechanism that will keep them from coming loose.

  5. Monitor the patient closely for signs of shock and be prepared to perform CPR if necessary.

  6. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. A tourniquet is a temporary measure and should not be left in place for an extended period of time.

It's important to note that field tourniquets should only be used in emergency situations where severe bleeding cannot be controlled by other means. Improper use of a tourniquet can lead to further injury or even the loss of a limb. Proper training and education on tourniquet use is recommended for anyone who may find themselves in an emergency situation where bleeding control is necessary.  We suggest taking part in our friends training program, they train and prepare you to save lives - RefugeMedical.com