ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements  Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits
ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits

How to apply a tourniquet

With the accessibility of tourniquets now (heavily recommended by the Hartford Consensus, the Stop the Bleed program and now also required in ANSI Class B First Aid kits for workplaces) we thought we would share some information on tourniquet use.

 Hemostatic Band / Tourniquet Strap - 1 Each Product Description Genuine First Aid GFAP-62-01 Hemostatic Band / Tourniquet Strap - 1 Each Genuine First Aid Hemostatic Band / Tourniquet Strap is designed with an elastic strap and easy release button. The strap itself is 1" x 12" and it also has the two buckle pieces on the ends. Clever and easy-to-use tourniquet! Bandages and packaging are certified latex free. This item has CE & FDA approval Meets strict conformity with international standards - ISO9001, ISO13485
Hemostatic Band / Tourniquet Strap - 1 Each
Product Description Genuine First Aid GFAP-62-01 Hemostatic Band / Tourniquet Strap - 1 Each
Genuine First Aid Hemostatic Band / Tourniquet Strap is designed with an elastic strap and easy release button. The strap itself is 1" x 12" and it also has the two buckle pieces on the ends. Clever and easy-to-use tourniquet!
Bandages and packaging are certified latex free.
This item has CE & FDA approval
Meets strict conformity with international standards - ISO9001, ISO13485

After years of first aid courses for bystanders recommending against tourniquet use (for fear of causing more damage than good) it has become evident that bystanders need to have tourniquets available and know how to use them, A person can dies from exsanguination (bleeding out) in 3-5 minutes... faster than from cardiac arrest, and much faster than the national average emergency response time of 8-14 minutes - bystanders are the key to saving lives from bleeding injury.

CBS 10 News gives these directions:
Using a tourniquet is something you want to use only for an extreme injury according to Tampa paramedic Capt. Stephen White.

"An auto accident where someone has a severed limb, shark bites, when someone cuts themself severely," he says.

Regardless, it's a technique that many physicians and paramedics say you should know in case you ever have to use it, just like CPR.

While professional tourniquets can be purchased, White says most people will not have one will have to improvise with what they have on scene. Consumers will want to find something clean, in addition to long and at least an inch wide. He suggests ripping a sheet, shirt or towel, or using a belt or even a dog leash.

White says to start tying it about 5 inches away from the wound. Once it is secured in place, find something sturdy like a stick or screwdriver. Then, tie the fabric around that.

"Then you begin to twist it and as you twist it, it's going to get tighter and tighter until the blood stops flowing," says White.

Once the bleeding stops he says, "You want to write a big T on their forehead for 'tourniquet' and the time you got there, so when they finally get to the hospital they'll know how long the tourniquet has been in place."

It's a simple first-aid approach that can be the difference between life and death, but he reminds people that it is to be used only in an extreme situation or when elevating the wound above the heart or putting pressure on the wound won't stop the bleeding.tourniquet-application

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