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Tourniquet meaning and how to properly apply a tourniquet


How to properly apply a tourniquetHow to use a Tourniquet PROPERLY: 

We all think we would be able to operate in a high stress environment, but it's far easier said than done!
How to properly apply a tourniquet 2Not every situation calls for the use of a tourniquet!
As surfers our minds go to the obvious "Shark Attack", but what we don't think about are all the other risks we take when getting to and from the surf!
For example 4WDing, driving in Indo... 

How to properly apply a tourniquet 3Every time you read or learn about something it makes it more likely you will remember the steps or at least basics in an emergency!

Step ONE can be so easily forgotten!






How to properly apply a tourniquet 4The Idea is to restrict blood loss from the HEART (PUMP) to the wound (opening)













How to apply a tourniquet properly

By pulling the tail tight you are JUST getting the tourniquet secured in place, you WON'T be able to stop the flow of blood yet!




How to properly apply a tourniquet 6Twisting the handle increases the pressure, think of it like a tap, the more you tighten the more you restrict flow!











How to properly apply a tourniquet 7If you don't lock in the handle then the pressure can be released, meaning the wound will start to bleed again!










How to properly apply a tourniquet 8This step is critical!
It lets the emergency services know how long blood flow has been restricted so they can:
-estimate blood loss
- return normal blood flow over the correct period (can't just turn the tap back on, it has to be a slow release!)

How to properly apply a tourniquet 9Like I said, better safe than sorry...

It might not be you that needs it, but whoever does will be extremely grateful!!!

Check out our other handy surfing related injury tips

AND 




How to properly apply a tourniquet 10Check out our Surf Aid Kits which come fully stocked with a tourniquet!


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