Tourniquets – SELECTION
Are you already facile with tourniquets and interested in learning more in-depth?
This selection, taken from the Advanced and Complete Tactical casualty care courses includes a discussion of tourniquets over the last eighty years, from their vilification at the end of WWII through their ubiquitous use in the global war on terror. The most common commercially available tourniquets also in the DOD inventory are discussed. Proper application, possible removal, and improvised tourniqueting concepts are reviewed. The medical literature supporting the successful use of tourniquets based on experience from the GWOT is presented.
You’ll also see a 20-minute discussion of the North American Rescue CAT tourniquet, including a discussion of the DOD testing that led to it being selected, as well as the literature on why 3/4 of all tourniquets in the DOD inventory are CATS, and a skills station demonstrating proper tourniquet technique.
You might also want to review the blog about the importance of the windlass and improvised tourniquets made from the casualty’s own clothing for adults and children, and the improvised section using materials found in a common hotel room.
Note: If you haven’t been previously trained on when to apply tourniquets and what massive hemorrhage is, consider taking Tactical Casualty Care course instead to ensure you can integrate your skills in a manner to best help wounded casualties.
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This CE activity is accredited for 2.25 Basic CEH by Crisis Medicine, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education.
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