The benefits of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings are well documented in military medicine. We also know that trauma is the largest cause of death in people under 45 and that there are more than 250 fatal stabbing in the UK every year. These interventions are being used with increasing frequency by ambulance personnel and police medics, but how often are they used by lay people to treat serious bleeding. If you know of any instances please comment or message us.
The author is a Registered Nurse who served with the RAMC, a Paramedic and Clinical Tutor with additional qualifications in Trauma and Remote Medicine. He has had a long term interest in remote medicine and is the Medical Advisor for several groups and runs courses in Outdoor First Aid, Expedition, Remote and Survival Medicine.