|Posted by Wowee|
I have noticed a lot of mentioning of tourniquets, and wish to say to only use a tourniquet in an emergency situation. Before using a tourniquet first try using clotting gauze and applying pressure to the area.
A tourniquet should be the last option that is used due to the fact that it cuts off circulation. A tourniquet is designed to cut off blood circulation, which can cause necrosis if left on too long. Taking one off or loosening should only be done by a medical professional.
Seconding this statement! While I do agree that a tourniquet or two is a good idea to bring, it is imperative that you understand how to use them properly, and the severity of injury that dictates the use of one.
These devices are meant to be used in very dire cases, such as loss or partial loss of a limb, massive blood loss, etc. They are not, in any way, a piece of kit you should hope to have to even use, nor will you have a use for otherwise.
Once again recommending that any urban explorer makes an effort to get first aid training of some kind! Some libraries will offer courses like them for free, sometimes community centers or community colleges too, they are invaluable!