It’s very hard to free think in stressful situations.
The more you get used to looking around in your environment for items you can co-opt to use in an emergency, the quicker you will be able to improvise if you have to. We set out to use as many items as we could from a typical hotel room to provide emergency casualty care.
It’s always best to have proven, dedicated medical equipment in an emergency, but at some point in your life, you will be someplace where you don’t have that equipment or don’t have enough supplies and equipment. That’s when we improvise. This is one video of a 10-part series.
We cut a pillowcase to be several inches wide and used as an improvised limb tourniquet.
A tourniquet by definition is a constricting band placed around a limb with a windlass or twist stick to tighten it and use mechanical advantage. (The casualty complained this tourniquet was the least comfortable of the three improvised tourniquets in this series, but it was effective as proven by doppler).