Re: First Aid Chests
Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 11:09:11 -0800
I can't resist adding to the fray! This is what the 3rd edition of
Medicine for Mountaineering says "Tourniquets are dangerous and essentially
never needed or justifiable. To apply a tourniquet for the time needed to
evacuate a climber is to sacrifice the limb below that point."
Of course he also says that pressure points are not worth considering -
direct pressure being the only way. I am not sure what American Red Cross
would say and I am an instructor for them. BTW American Red Cross does not
cover tourniquets in basic classes any longer..
>I have been taught that if you can't stop the bleeding and are a long
>ways away from the nearest hospital, ie. over 20 min or so, a tourniquite
>should be used. If it isn't used there is a great chance that the
>person will die from Hypovolemic shock, not enough blood to be of any
>Speaking for myself and the good of man,
>Robert M. Lewis
>EMT-D in NJ
>ASM T. 88 Waldwick NJ
>Brotherhood member of Oratam Lodge #484
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