Being able to deal with traumatic bleeding is a skill that isn’t super complicated and can save a life, including your own. The idea isn’t to be an emergency room doctor but simply to stabilize someone until the real help can get there.
Some basic things you can carry include something as simple as gauze and a self adhering bandage to specialty items like quick clot, compression bandages, Israeli Bandages and, most importantly, a tourniquet.
Tourniquets can help stop severe bleeding, especially if an artery has been cut. They are light, small and cheap, making it easy to carry one.
In this video I explain why they are so important, show you the different styles of tourniquets and demonstrate how to use each one. They are a simple tool which can save a life, but only if you know how.
LIke I demonstrate in the video, you can use the CATS style or the RATS tourniquet. Whichever one you use, the same basic procedure it used:
- High on the limb (you will hear to put it 2-3 inches above the wound itself but in an emergency this is the easiest advice to follow)
- Tight enough to stop the bleeding (which will be uncomfortable)
- Leave it on and re-check if you move the person
You can find a great free primer the basics of stabilizing someone after a traumatic injury at https://www.mountainmanmedical.com/course/emergency-trauma-response/. Being ready means having the knowledge, tools and willingness to help and I hope you’ll join me being the type of rider who is ready to help no matter what the trail…and life…throw your way.
Until next time…
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