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Tips on tourniquet use:

A tourniquet's purpose is to stop bleeding fast (keep the blood in
the body where it belongs). This is the main reason for using a
tourniquet. You may need one more tourniquets.

  • Keep the tourniquet high and tight. The purpose is to shut
    down the artery.

  • Set the Timer. 2-4 hours. The timer tells the first responder
    how long the tourniquet has been on.

  • Wear gloves. Make sure to wear Nitrile gloves to provide a
    blood barrier between you and the patient.

Regarding snake bites:
In case of a snake bite, do NOT use a tourniquet to restrict blood
flow or you will keep venom in one place, and it will swell and
you may loose the appendage! When you trap venom, it causes
tissue damage and tissue death. Cutting a wound and sucking
out the venom, the way Hollywood portrays, is never

What can you do to help a snake bite victim, until help arrives?
  • Keep the snake bite victim still and calm.
  • Draw a circle around the affected area so you can tell if it is
    worsening or improving.
  • Keep the part of the body that has been bitten in a neutral
    position or just slightly below the level of the heart, and
    remove any jewelry to prevent edema (swelling).
  • Finally, be careful in dealing with a snake even if you think it
    is dead! It can still poison you with its venom.

Did you know most bites happen during farming? It's just another
reason to get yourself a snake-bite kit as a reminder that you
should never use a tourniquet to resolve a snake bite.

Now that you know how to use a tourniquet properly, you need to
get it ready for use. Learn "how to fold and stage a CAT
tourniquet," so that it's ready for use when you need it in an

How to fold and Stage a CAT Tourniquet
PrepMedic demonstrates below how to properly fold and stage a
North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) so it
you can rapidly deploy it in an emergency. An improperly folded
tourniquet could be the difference between life and death.
How to Use A Tourniquet
Proper use of tourniquet is to stop arterial bleeding

A tourniquet can save a life, if you know how to use it correctly...
Do you know the proper use of tourniquet in an emergency?  A
tourniquet is not for snake bites! Misuse of a tourniquet could
result in loss of limb. Get some quick training so you know the
proper use of a tourniquet.

So what's the proper use of a tourniquet? Use a tourniquet to
help stop uncontrollable arterial bleeding. If you have a protocol
in place you can enhance survivability from an active shooter or
mass casualty event by having a tourniquets handy in your
vehicle, in your office and as part of your home emergency kit.

How to Use a Tourniquet Correctly
So now you know that tourniquet has one purpose only: you use
a tourniquet to stop uncontrollable arterial bleeding.

How to use the TIME strap tourniquet, right.
The instructions for how to use a tourniquet are pretty simple,
but you need to know the steps well in advance of injury and
review the instructions periodically to refresh your mind.

Here's the manufacturer's basic instructions:
  1. Insert wounded limb through the loop of the band. Route the
    band around the limb, pass the band through the buckle.)
  2. Keep band tight and fasten it back on itself all the way
    around the wounded limb, but not over the rod clips.
  3. Twist the rod until the bleeding has stopped.
  4. Place the rod inside the clip and lock. Check bleeding
    conditions, apply additional tightening next to the tourniquet
    and reassess if massive bleeding continues/
  5. Adhere band over the rod inside the clip around the limb.
    Secure rod and band with TIME strap. Record the time of the
    application. Prepare for further treatment with a medical

Learn how to tie a tourniquet properly in an emergency with the
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Above, Donald Jenkins M.D. of the Mayo Clinic explains who needs tourniquets
handy. The list includes farmers, people who work in industrial situations and
dialysis patients should consider learning how to use a tourniquet on

Have access to a tourniquet!
If you're on dialysis, work in an industrial setting or a farmer, you
are among the people who most should have access to a
tourniquet to save your own life. Have one handy in your purse,
backpack, glove compartment or drawer.

Happy endings...
Is a tourniquet used for snake bites? No! Now that you know the
real use of a tourniquet, go get yourself as snake bite kit!

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Above, how to fold and stage a Combat Application Tourniquet, also known
as a CAT.

Right is the patented C-A-T (Combat Application Tourniquet).
This is a true one-handed tourniquet proven to be 100% effective
by the U.S. Army's Institute of Surgical Research. Tests proved
that the C-A-T completely occluded blood flow of an extremity in
the event of a traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage.

The C-A-T uses a durable windlass system with a patented
free-moving internal band providing true circumferential pressure
to the extremity. Once adequately tightened, bleeding will cease
and the windlass is locked into place. A hook and loop windlass
retention strap is then applied, securing the windlass to maintain
pressure during casualty evacuation. The C-A-T's unique dual
securing system avoids the use of screws and clips which can
become difficult to operate under survival stress or where fine
motor skills are compromised.

The patented Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) featuring
the proprietary red tip design and the mechanical advantage of a
band within a band has been the Official Tourniquet of the U.S.
Army since 2005.

Get practice using a tourniquet
Did you know the first person you should practice using a
tourniquet is you?
It's important to know when and how to use a tourniquet. Above, Dark
Angel Medical talks about how to use a tourniquet correctly.

A tourniquet has one purpose only -- you use a tourniquet to
stop uncontrollable arterial bleeding. It's not for snake bites!

  • Important: A TIME tourniquet is mainly used for stopping
    massive hemorrhage of limbs on field conditions or in normal
    pre-hospital emergency. It helps regulate the pressure
    needed, stops bleeding fast, and greatly improves the
    efficiency of homeostasis, but it's intended for qualified
    trained professionals in the application of a tourniquet, not
    intended for the general public. Use only as directed by your
    EMS authority or under the supervision of a physician, and
    always read all the instructions before using.
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