Tourniquet Use in Pre-hospital Civilian Trauma Care

Tourniquets are an effective means of arresting life-threatening
external haemorrhage from limb injury. Their use has not
previously been accepted practice for pre-hospital civilian
trauma care because of significant concerns regarding the
potential complications. However, in a few rare situations
tourniquet application will be necessary and life-saving. This
review explores the potential problems and mistrust of
tourniquet use; explains the reasons why civilian pre-hospital
tourniquet use may be necessary; defines the clear indications
for tourniquet use in external haemorrhage control; and
provides practical information on tourniquet application and
removal. Practitioners need to familiarise themselves with
commercial pre-hospital tourniquets and be prepared to use
one without irrational fear of complications in the appropriate

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