January 21, 2014
TOURNIQUETS MAKE A COMEBACK. “The tourniquet’s resurgence results in part from lessons learned in Afghanistan and Iraq. Only 2 percent of soldiers with severe bleeding in those countries died compared with 7 percent in Vietnam in part because tourniquets were in widespread use and the injured were quickly transported to doctors. In the past year, civilian trauma doctors, realizing that emergency personnel in much of the country can transport the wounded to a trauma center in less than 30 minutes, have followed the lead of the military. The success of the rapid medical response to the Boston Marathon bombings, where bystanders used their clothes as tourniquets, has bolstered their efforts.”
So I keep a trauma kit with clotting agent in the back of the car, but maybe I should add one of these?