4 Tips to Stop Someone From Bleeding To Death
One thing we can say for sure about these terrorists attacks, they will go on. It’s simply a matter of when and not if. It would therefore behove us to learn first aid. Maybe you think to yourself that you don’t want to get involved. But what if the injured person is your loved ones?
Another thing you can do is carry a personal first aid kit with you. I have a small one that fits in my pocket. It’s not much, but sometime just being seen to be doing something calms people down.
I wanted to point out one of the Urban Survival sites tips that has recently raised some controversy. I’m no medical expert and it’s up to you to learn what you think is best, but using a tourniquet, some say, really is a last resort. Real life isn’t always like the movies.
4. Use a Tourniquet – This should be a last resort as it is somewhat dangerous, but if you must, use a tourniquet. If you don’t have one, you can make one with a folded cloth or a wide belt. Never use a thin rope, wire or string as this could cut off too much blood and the entire limb could be damaged or even lost. Tie the tourniquet between the wound and the heart, several inches above the wound. Use a simple square knot, like tying shoes without a bow. Push a stick through the knot and twist to tighten. Loosen the tourniquet every half hour or so to see if it is still needed. [emphasis mine.]
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