First Aid & Safety Procedures : How to Make & Apply a Tourniquet

You know, unfortunately, at times someone
receives such a major injury to a limb that a tourniquet will have to be applied. Hi,
I’m Captain Joe Bruni. What we’re going to talk about is how to properly apply a tourniquet.
We could use any type of cloth material; however, what seems to work best is some type of bandanna,
or cravat material found in our readily handy first-aid kit. We would take our material,
and fold it in such a fashion that we form what looks like a bandage, three to four inches
wide. We would then place that bandage above the injured site, and tie our basic overhand
knot, like beginning to tie your shoe. We would then take take something rigid, like
a stick, screwdriver, make-up brush; anything that we could find that can be twisted to
make the tourniquet tighter. We would then tie our next overhand knot over top of that
device, and begin to twist that device to tighten up the bandage and form the tourniquet.
Once we get it tight enough we can tie it down once again, using the tails of our tourniquet,
and then securing that stick in place with some type of cling material or gauze wrapped
around the site. Unfortunately, a tourniquet has to be applied at times to stop life loss
from severe bleeding of amputation or other trauma to extremities. I’m Captain Joe Bruni.
Stay safe, and we’ll see ya’ next time.


  1. had to use this on someone back in massachusetts! they lost a leg but i saved the life! all because of this video! THANK YOU

  2. I heard that if a tourniquet is used on a limb, in most cases, that limb will be lost and must be amputated. It was explained that releasing the tourniquet would release 'dead blood' into the body, which would then endanger the heart, potentially causing death. Therefore, if a tourniquet is applied, it can not be released again, and the limb will be lost. It must be used only as a lst resort therefore, and when an artery has been severed. Is this correct?

  3. @brgzz As long as the tourniquet is removed in time person should be fine. Even at the first sight of blood a hasty tourniquet can be applied and after assessing the wound it can be either removed and replaced with some form of pressure dressing or a changed to a deliberate tourniquet. If a major artery is severed it can take only 3 minutes to bleed out

  4. .After the tourniquet is applied the injured person has hours to be treated by a medical professional in which case the bleeding can be controlled and the tourniquet can be removed safely. This is why it is effective to mark down the time the tourniquet was applied.

  5. correct and this applies to all crushing injuries that have been "Pinned" or compressed for a long period of time.

  6. You always apply the tourniquet above the wound. If you are still not sure where to place it, place it in between the heart and the wound. You are trying to stop blood from reaching the wound and being spilt from the body, so you would want a barrier or dam in between the two areas.

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