Find a strip of cloth, a belt or a piece of flat flexible material. This tourniquet should be two inches wide and long enough to wrap around the limb twice. Place the tourniquet right above the wound. Wrap it around the limb twice. Tie a half knot with the tourniquet. Place a stick or straight, firm object on top of this knot and tie a full knot over the stick or object. Slowly twist the stick to tighten the tourniquet until the bleeding stops. Secure the stick in place. Do not loosen or remove the tourniquet. Make note of when the tourniquet was applied so medical professionals will know how long it has been in place.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|