Old school bleeding control was least invasive to most aggressive, ice, elevation, digital pressure, (finding the pulse point between the injury and heart and apply pressure), Direct Pressure, and only as a last resort application of the Tourniquet. New school is Direct Pressure, and if they are still bleeding beyond the dressing, apply the tourniquet. A tourniquet is any article 1” in width that can wrap the circumference of the limb and be tightened down AND MAINTAINED! How tight do you get the tourniquet? Tight enough to stop the bleeding, and yes this may hurt. Studies by trauma centers have shown this technique to be the most appropriate action and no documented cases have ever shown the tourniquet you case the loss of a limb. This is basic first aid and could save someone’s life.
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