how to use a tourniquet (properly)

Proper use of tourniquet

A tourniquet can save a life, if you know how to use
it properly.
Did you know the proper use of tourniquet? A tourniquet has
one purpose only: its use is to stop uncontrollable arterial
bleeding. A
tourniquet is not for snake bites!Go to training so
you know the proper use of a tourniquet as misuse of a
tourniquet could result in loss of limb!

Tips on tourniquet use:

A tourniquet's purpose is to stop bleeding fast (keep the blood
in the body where it belongs)! This is the main reason for using
a tourniquet. You may need one more tourniquets.

  • Keep the tourniquet high and tight. The purpose is to
    shut down the artery.
  • Set the Timer. 2-4 hours. The timer tells the first
    responder how long the tourniquet has been on.
  • Wear gloves. Make sure to wear Nitrile gloves to provide a
    blood barrier between you and the patient.

Regarding snake bites:
In case of a snake bite, do NOT use a tourniquet to restrict
blood flow or you will keep venom in one place, and it will swell
and you may loose the appendage! When you trap venom, it
causes tissue damage and tissue death. Cutting a wound and
sucking out the venom, the way Hollywood portrays, is never

What can you do to help a snake bite victim, until help
  • Keep the snake bite victim still and calm.
  • Draw a circle around the affected area so you can tell if it
    is worsening or improving.
  • Keep the part of the body that has been bitten in a neutral
    position or just slightly below the level of the heart, and
    remove any jewelry to prevent edema (swelling).
  • Finally, be careful in dealing with a snake even if you think
    it is dead! It can still poison you with its venom.

Did you know most bites happen during farming? It's just
another reason to get yourself a snake-bite kit as a reminder
that you should never use a tourniquet to resolve a snake bite.

Happy endings...
Now that you know the real use of a tourniquet, go get yourself
as snake bite kit!

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