Hello Bear nation I wanted to put out an observation to this community about the proper use of tourniquet and how important it is to practice these skills!
Some background I’m a Nurse at a trauma one center in Utah and I have been there for over a decade yes I have seen many things that my family say is inappropriate to talk about over dinner... I digress, over the last 6-8 weeks I have been having a lot trauma arrive with a tourniquet in place, interesting enough when a tourniquet is reported to be on a patient we upgraded this trauma to the most severe trauma code of a Trauma One vs a trauma 2 which increase the amount of resources that respond Every trauma in the last 6 week that had a tourniquet in place was improperly placed to the point that one of them was causing more harm then good.. a trauma surgeon tried to educate a medic and show that the patients limb still had a pulse distal to the injury but the medic was not in a learning mood. The last trauma that we had was a traumatic amputation of a persons left lower arm the patient actually made a tourniquet out of para-cord and a stick and the medic had placed a cat tourniquet with it... the para-cord tourniquet was more effective then the Cat and with the amount of blood this guy needed thank goodness he had it in place .. So even the studies from stop the bleed are saying that less than 17% of their non medical people can place a cat on tight enough and after this last few weeks I dont think I would trust a lot of medical “experts” as well! My suggestion to you fine prepper that if you place a tourniquet on someone when your not in danger and your getting the patient to medical have someone else recheck it and recheck a distal pulse because if your placing a tourniquet I guarantee your adrenaline is pumping and you may not be able to sense that small pedal pulse(pulse in the foot) btw I was having this same discussion with one of the police officers I work with and he showed me the rat tourniquet that he carries and we spent a few minutes seeing how effective his was and it worked well during that controlled setting but remember to always be reassessing your intervention all the time thank for participating in my rambling.