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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1 reply
  1. Okkie
    Okkie says:

    I believe the tourniquette plays a vital role in severe heamoragh control both in the Tactical and civilian setting, the problem is that the tourniquette has developed such bad reputation mainly due to pactitioner incompetence.

    If taught correctly, by a competent instructor go for it, now-adays, civilian and tactical care evironments are blending into one with violent crimes escalating.

    There are brilliant tourniquettes on the market now, especially set’s developed now for self-treatment.


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