Tourniquets: Tactical Medical Solutions

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Old-school thinking held that if a tourniquet were used on an extremity wound, the injured person would lose that limb. That has been shown to be incorrect, and tourniquets are now in the first-aid kits of medics on battlefields and streets worldwide. SWAT Medic B.J. Hall presents three tourniquets that he has found reliable and effective as tactical medical solutions: the Pneumatic Tourniquet, the C-A-T Tourniquet, and the SOF-T Tourniquet. To stop bleeding on extremity wounds, a tourniquet should be your go-to tool.

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2 Responses to “Tourniquets: Tactical Medical Solutions”
  1. gunslinger454

    BTW, don’t think that you can just improvise a tourniquet, & it will be as good as a purpose made tourniquet like the C.A.T.. IT WON’T! The persistent myth that using a tourniquet will automatically result in the loss of the limb comes in large part from improvised tourniquets! A tourniquets needs to be at least 1.5″-2″ wide. Sure you can stop the bleeding with a shoe string, a neck tie or a piece of rope, and doing so is far preferable to dying, but your improvised tourniquet will cause so much tissue damage that loss of the limb is a real possibility! Belts are often wide enough, but they’re extremely difficult to tighten enough to stop the bleeding. The real solution is to buy a C.A.T. & keep it handy!

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