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

  • 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 recommended.

What can you do to help a snake bite victim, until help arrives?
  • Keep the snake bite victim still and calm.
  • Draw a circle around the affected area so you can tell if it is worsening or
  • 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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