Re: First Aid question - snakebite
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 01:06:15 +0800
In a private email, Alan Jones commented on my mention of the use of a
tourniquet for amputation. I realised that as I wrote it my comments could
have been a little misleading.
I probably should have qualified my statement about tourniquets. What we
were taught was that this is the only situation in which there may still be
an appropriate use for them, but not that they are routinely used for
amputations. Basically only if there is such severe damage that there is no
real likelihood of reconnecting and bleeding cannot be stopped any other
way. Even then, the "tourniquet" is not the old bootlace type of thing, but
a bandage tied firmly enough to cut off blood flow, and released and
reapplied if necessary every 30 minutes to minimise tissue damage at the
point of application.
It is really a "last resort" first aid method. The preferred treatment if
possible is a firm wound dressing over the stump to stop bleeding, pack the
severed body part in ice, and get to a hospital as soon as possible.
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
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