Improvised Tourniquets

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How to Use an Improvised Tourniquet in an Emergency

Creating an Improvised Tourniquet

If you need to use a tourniquet but do not have one available, you can create an improvised tourniquet from various items such as a triangular bandage, scarf, or tie.

Applying the Tourniquet

When applying a tourniquet, do so quickly and place it above the injury site – not directly over the wound or on a joint.

Steps to Apply an Improvised Tourniquet

  1. Wrap the improvised tourniquet around the limb and tie a half knot.
  2. Place a strong object over the knot, such as a screwdriver, jackscrew handle, or sturdy stick.
  3. Tie another half knot over the object.
  4. Twist the object in circles to tighten the tourniquet. This will be painful for the patient, but it is necessary to stop the bleeding.
  5. Secure the object in place by tying off the loose ends around it.

Do Not Remove the Tourniquet

Once a tourniquet is in place, do not remove it, even if the bleeding has stopped. If the first tourniquet does not effectively slow or stop the bleeding, you can apply a second one.

By following these steps, you can effectively use an improvised tourniquet to control severe bleeding until professional medical help arrives.