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Journal of Emergency Medical Services article brings back the tourniquet for major blood loss wounds.

Military experience showed that to save lives you need to use tourniquets; direct pressure was not working.

This is a somewhat complicated article for a pretty simple issue. Wounds with major blood loss or External Hemorrhage as the article refers to them, do not respond to direct pressure: Tourniquet’s work.

If you are in the outdoors or SAR, you should read the article, check with your local physician advisor and counsel and see if this is a technique (and equipment) you should include in your first-aid kit.

See New External Hemorrhage Control Evidence-Based Guideline

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