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Survival Medicine Podcast: Tourniquet Principles

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Recently, Dr. Alton was asked to write an article on tourniquets for the highly popular Survivor’s Edge magazine, a great read if ever there was one. Most people know at this point how to place a tourniquet, but there are some principles you may not know about hemorrhage and how to stop it using this life-saving device.

The risk of hemorrhage from traumatic injury is always a possibility, whether it’s due to a motor vehicle accident, a work mishap, civil unrest, or the zombie apocalypse. A major arterial bleed, if untreated, can cause a victim to be beyond medical help in just a few short minutes. The bleeding may be so severe that emergency medical personnel arrive too late to help. 

Dr. Alton outlines more than a dozen important points that must be understand to properly stop hemorrhage with tourniquets.

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe Alton MD    Amy Alton APRN

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