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By Dennis, Andrew
Bleeding is all about 1) plumbing and the principles of fluids and flow; and 2) the physiology of blood and clotting. The blood vessels operate at two very different pressure levels. This means stopping blood loss is not as important as the end, i.e., stop or slow the flow, and let the body’s protective mechanisms go to work.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Dec 2013)
The rules have changed on tourniquet use. Always carry a tourniquet, one that is easily accessed and protected from the elements. Know how and when to use it. Always carry a good hemostatic agent. The life you save may be your own.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Jul 2014)
By Foreman, Chris
You can bleed out from an extremity wound in about five minutes. Backup may not arrive in time. It is up to you to stop the bleeding. You need a tourniquet. You need one that can be applied using only one hand. You need to practice using it.
(This article was originally published in Tactical Response Jul/Aug 2014)
By Eugene Nielsen
Hemostatic agents are compounds that promote clotting, and they have become increasingly popular in TEMS. These compounds, which all work in slightly different ways, are designed to stop or slow the bleeding quicker than traditional direct pressure alone.
(This article was originally published in Tactical Response Sep/Oct 2014)