The updates to First Aid at Work that were made in 2015 introduced the use of Tourniquets for the control of severe bleeding as a last resort. However complications can occur if the tourniquet is not applied correctly, so training for first aid instructors is essential to make sure application is safe and effective.

A tourniquet should be reserved for life-threatening bleeding from an arm or leg that cannot be controlled by direct pressure.

  • Apply the tourniquet around the thigh or the upper arm and at least 5cm above the wound. If the wound is below the knee/elbow, apply it just above the knee/elbow joint.
  • Tighten the tourniquet until the bleeding is no longer life-threatening. This is painful for the casualty. Explain that the pain will usually subside and it is needed to save their life.
  • If the bleeding is not fully controlled, consider direct pressure to the point of bleeding or a haemostatic dressing. Sometimes applying a second tourniquet is required.
  • Make sure someone has called 999/112 for emergency help.
  • Note the exact time of application and make sure you pass this vital information to medical staff. Write the time on the tourniquet if you can.

Should you require further advice and guidance on the use of tourniquets drop me an email: paul@pjhsafetytraining.co.uk

 

7th April 2016

The use of Tourniquets for the control of bleeding

The updates to First Aid at Work that were made in 2015 introduced the use of Tourniquets for the control of severe bleeding as a last […]