Re: tourniquets, pressure points, etc.
Ted Burton (tedburtn@CRIS.COM)
Thu, 21 Sep 1995 06:51:25 -0600
first choice, pressure on the wound and pressure bandage
second choice, pressure points upstream
third choice, tourniquet
fourth choice, death by bleeding.
The last, of course, is not exactly a desirable choice; it is stated there
just to put the third choice in perspective.
The second doesn't work real well when transporting a casualty.
In the Army it turns into first and third choices all the time. If you are
with the casualty you can loosen the tourniquet periodically. The pressure
points are great while you figure out what will have to be done next....
I am not trying to contradict the authorities, but the authorities do not
contemplate a patient that is a dozen miles from a trailhead, and a long
way from EMT's unless you have superior communications and can call in a
dustoff. How many troops take a hand-held radio into the back country?
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