Tourniquet or Direct Pressure?
How do you know which is the right choice when dealing with a traumatic injury?
You will know that a tourniquet is needed to stop the blood flow if:
-There is an amputation of a major limb.
-The blood is bright red and spurting.
-There is obvious massive blood loss.
-If after applying direct pressure the bleeding does not stop.
Remember that a tourniquet can only be applied to a limb, should be placed 2-3 inches above the wound site directly to the skin if possible, and can be extremely painful to the patient. Also be aware that even a small amount of blood can look like a lot and be deceiving. A second tourniquet above the first is sometimes needed.
Direct pressure is the most commonly used bleeding control technique, it can be even more effective when used in conjunction with sterile/hemostatic gauze dressings and pressure bandages. Pressure bandages are great tools to use when you need your hands for other things besides holding direct pressure.
Direct Pressure should be considered when:
-Massive bleeding occurs where a tourniquet can not be applied.
-Blood is oozing and not spurting, if not an arterial bleed the blood will be a darker color because it is not oxygenated.
-Bleeding is not massive. If when applying direct pressure your gauze dressings are quickly being soaked through consider the use of a tourniquet.
We are often shown in social media that the tourniquet is the end all be all and is the only piece of medical equipment that we should be carrying. While it is a great piece of equipment remember that it is a tool that has its limitations. You should understand the importance of both a tourniquet and direct pressure to be effective in responding to a medical emergency.
Live The Creed,
So you finally pulled the trigger and purchased a quality medical kit for yourself and hopefully even got some training. At a minimum you should go take a First Aid & CPR Course, which is offered at many locations. You should go through your kit so that you know the layout of the contents, this way you are not fumbling around looking for an item during the emergency. You also need to familiarize yourself with the contents and have an extra set of items (at least an Israeli Bandage and Tourniquet) to practice with. If you have done all of that here are some tips that will make deploying your medical gear faster.
I was recently asked what some tangible steps are that people can take to start building the "Survival Mindset". It is easy to go online and buy awesome gear, but when it comes to a real survival situation your gear is not the most important factor. Your mindset and attitude are, and they will determine whether you live or die. That is why we push Living The Creed, it is more important than the products that we sell.
The core to cultivating the survival mindset is to be mentally strong. Now how do you do that?
If You Carry A Gun...
You Damn well better be carrying a Med Kit!
They go hand in hand, Life & Death.
You carry a gun because you have the desire to protect you and yours, but chances are very low that you will ever use it. Chances of needing to use a Medical Kit are much higher, as illustrated so greatly in the article "Prioritizing Sheepdog Tendencies" by the Loadout Room.
Yet very few people EDC a Med Kit along with their concealed carry. I urge you to carry both and I don't care if you build your own, purchase ours, or even buy one elsewhere. Please be responsible and carry a Medical Kit if you choose to carry a Firearm on a daily basis.
When you choose to carry the power to take a life, it is your responsibility to carry the power to save a life.
Think it is too bulky or uncomfortable? Then you haven't seen our EDC Pocket Trauma Kit and read/seen the reviews. The EDC Pocket Trauma Kit is just like a good holster, the more you wear it the more it conforms to your body. Just sit on it in your back pocket while driving for a week or two and you will see it take shape.
As always, thank you for your continued support in our effort to save lives and Live The Creed.
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Live The Creed? You hear it a lot from us, and you see it written on every order we ship out. But what are we really talking about?
When we reference the Creed we are talking about this one found on our website. It is the foundation for building the products that we do and is the guide to how we live our life.
The Creed is not just a marketing scheme, we would build these kits for free if we didn't have families to feed. The terrorist bombings in Brussels highlight the reason we Live The Creed.
I was just reading a story about a man who was at the Airport when the explosions went off, luckily he was far enough away not to be injured. In the aftermath of the bombings Police and first responders didn't show up for minutes. That is precious time when people are bleeding out on the floor. The man saw a child who was bleeding moderately and tried to help, but the man only had a tissues and could not stop the bleeding.
Our Survival Creed says: If I find another in need of help I will use my knowledge, skills, and gear to save them.