In our race to use tourniquets for controlling hemorrhage, we often lose sight of the value of good direct pressure as a hemorrhage control technique.
Proven commercially available tourniquets are almost always going to be better options for controlling significant extremity hemorrhage than direct pressure because tourniquets can be made “hands-free” once secured in place. Additionally, you can carry many more tourniquets than you have hands. However, dedicated medical equipment may not always be available and even when present, takes time to put into action. More on in Articles.