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Depending on the circumstances,
tourniquet placement will differ.
Key points to remember during patient care…
- Tourniquets used in high-threat environments, such as active shooter incidents, should be placed high and tight; can be placed over clothes, but not bulky items, such as wallets.
- Tourniquets used in safe environments should be placed at least two to three inches proximal to the injury and on bare skin.
To read more on tourniquet usage read Lieutenant Farooq H. Muhammad’a article in the 4th/2016 edition of Pro EMS.