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  • Let’s talk about tourniquets! 🚨 Tourniquets were actually absent from the curriculum in a lot of first aid courses for quite some time because they can cause adverse effects. 😳 Thankfully, however, they’re back in the curriculum now, as there are some bleeds that simply will not stop with direct pressure alone. The problem with tourniquets is that although they do stop bleeding, they cut off circulation to healthy tissue as well. ⛑ So when do you use a tourniquet? There are a few circumstances in which you should use a tourniquet as your first line of defence against a major bleed — e.g. a dangerous situation when you have to move the patient quickly and don’t have time to apply direct pressure (combat zone, active shooter), in a situation with multiple casualties where you can’t be tied up holding direct pressure, or in a situation where you can’t access the wound to put direct pressure on it. ⛑ Most of the time, however, the tourniquet should be a LAST RESORT for the first aider, and used only in circumstances when direct pressure is truly not working, and the person is at risk of bleeding out. To improve the chances of direct pressure stopping a bleed, use WELL-AIMED direct pressure — make sure the pressure is directly on the wound. If necessary and possible, pinch the bleeding blood vessel(s) shut! Swipe ➡️ to see our tourniquet practice arm... and how to make one. The “arm” is made of a pool noodle stuffed with plastic bags and with wire hangers in the middle (for strength and flexibility), and the blood vessel is an iv line. Don’t swipe if you’re easily grossed out — it looks a bit bloody. 🤢
    🚨 #firstaid #cpr #learnfirstaid #learncpr #aed #aedssavelives #firstaidtraining #thisisfirstaid #savealife #beprepared #training #redcross #ottawa #ottawabusiness #ottawasmallbusiness #smallbusiness #emergency #beready #helpsomebody #besafe #knowwhattodo #tourniquet #lastresort #directpressure #stopthebleeding #pressure #whatsyouremergency #
  • Let’s talk about tourniquets! 🚨 Tourniquets were actually absent from the curriculum in a lot of first aid courses for quite some time because they can cause adverse effects. 😳 Thankfully, however, they’re back in the curriculum now, as there are some bleeds that simply will not stop with direct pressure alone. The problem with tourniquets is that although they do stop bleeding, they cut off circulation to healthy tissue as well. ⛑ So when do you use a tourniquet? There are a few circumstances in which you should use a tourniquet as your first line of defence against a major bleed — e.g. a dangerous situation when you have to move the patient quickly and don’t have time to apply direct pressure (combat zone, active shooter), in a situation with multiple casualties where you can’t be tied up holding direct pressure, or in a situation where you can’t access the wound to put direct pressure on it. ⛑ Most of the time, however, the tourniquet should be a LAST RESORT for the first aider, and used only in circumstances when direct pressure is truly not working, and the person is at risk of bleeding out. To improve the chances of direct pressure stopping a bleed, use WELL-AIMED direct pressure — make sure the pressure is directly on the wound. If necessary and possible, pinch the bleeding blood vessel(s) shut! Swipe ➡️ to see our tourniquet practice arm... and how to make one. The “arm” is made of a pool noodle stuffed with plastic bags and with wire hangers in the middle (for strength and flexibility), and the blood vessel is an iv line. Don’t swipe if you’re easily grossed out — it looks a bit bloody. 🤢
🚨 #firstaid #cpr #learnfirstaid #learncpr #aed #aedssavelives #firstaidtraining #thisisfirstaid #savealife #beprepared #training #redcross #ottawa #ottawabusiness #ottawasmallbusiness #smallbusiness #emergency #beready #helpsomebody #besafe #knowwhattodo #tourniquet #lastresort #directpressure #stopthebleeding #pressure #whatsyouremergency #
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