Applying a tourniquet to the arm
A tourniquet is only used when absolutely necessary, with very serious accidents. You should only use it if bleeding cannot be stopped with compression bandages, or if you see a foreign object in the wound (such as pieces of glass, a blade, nails, etc.) or in the really extreme case of a severed limb.
Improper use of the tourniquet can cause irreparable damage to nerves, so it must be your last resort. In this video you will learn how to properly apply a tourniquet to the arm.
Placing an improvised leg tourniquet
Have you witnessed a very serious accident and don’t have any medical equipment on hand?
An improvised tourniquet may be a solution if you are in a very isolated situation, or in the event of an accident with many severely injured victims. Use of an improvised tourniquet is a first aid procedure that can permanently damage the nerves in a person’s arm or leg, so it should only ever be used as a last resort. The concept of an improvised tourniquet is the same as a windlass tourniquet. It must only be used in the case of extreme, life-threatening external bleeding. In this video you will learn how to properly apply an improvised tourniquet to the leg.