What is a Tourniquet?

Tourniquets are used to stop or control bleeding from a wound, usually in an emergency situation, and can be lifesaving.

Essentially, a tourniquet is a device used to stop the flow of blood through a vein or artery. It consists of a band or strap placed around an extremity, such as an arm or leg, and is tightened to restrict the flow of blood. The tourniquet is then secured in place with a buckle or other fastening system. In some cases, a tourniquet may be necessary to prevent further blood loss and reduce the risk of serious injury or death.

The proper use of a tourniquet is essential to ensure its effectiveness and safety. It is important to take into account the location of the wound, the size of the tourniquet and the amount of time it will be applied to the wound. When possible, a tourniquet should be placed at least two inches above the wound and should be tightened until the flow of blood is stopped.

Tourniquets are used by first responders, and bystanders alike.  High-risk industries that may at a high-risk of serious bleeding include construction, mining industries, and manufacturing.  The risk of bleeding in these industries can be caused by a variety of factors, including hazardous materials or equipment, high-pressure fluids, sharp tools, and rotating components.  It is important for workers in these industries to be trained in proper safety protocols in order to reduce the risk of injury, and be prepared in case an accident occurs.

Contact sports such as boxing, football and hockey, as well as extreme sports such as skateboarding and rock climbing also pose a risk of severe bleeding. Other activities that may involve a high risk of bleeding include water sports, such as surfing and water skiing, and outdoor activities such as paintball and airsoft.

The CSA (Canadian Standard Association) recognizes the risks posed by sever bleeding in high-risk environments, and has included a requirement for tourniquets in high-risk work spaces.  In Ontario, the WSIB currently provides employers the option to provide first aid kits to Regulation 1101 or the CSA standard.

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