A tourniquet can be a life saving way of stopping heavy blood flow after an accident, and in many cases will be the only possible option to save someone’s life. However, a tourniquet stops blood flow to an extremity altogether meaning that quite quickly this extremity will die and is likely to be amputated if the tourniquet has been on for any length of time. Making the decision to apply a tourniquet is not one which should be taken lightly, and after an accident you won’t have much time to think. Here are some ways to avoid putting on a tourniquet without endangering a life.
- Get help first. You should never have to make the decision whether to apply a tourniquet or not if there are trained medical professionals available, so call an ambulance and do what you can to get the emergency services to the scene as quickly as possible.
- Clean the wound. Just try to get any grit or debris out of the wound with clean water, and apply pressure as you are cleaning the wound to try to stop the bleeding a little.
- Apply pressure. Often applying pressure to a wound will help to stop the bleeding, so use clean gauze or material between yourself and the wound, and press down to see if the bleeding ceases.
- Elevate the limb. Try to bring the limb up above heart height if the bleeding has still not slowed. If the limb is raised above the heart it makes it more difficult for the blood to keep pumping out of it, meaning the bleeding should naturally slow.
- Compress the artery. Find the artery closest to where the bleeding is coming from and compress it against the bone. This should stop the blood from being able to continue out of the body at a fast rate.
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If you have been involved in a serious accident and sustained serious injuries, and the accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, then you may want to consider using personal injury lawyers to make a no win, no fee in Blackheath compensation claim. It is best to use an injury lawyer to make a compensation claim as they know the law better than you do, and will be able to help you through the process to take some of the pressure off.
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Date Published: 18th January 2014
Author: David Brown