Tourniquet Use and Hemorrhage Control

CAT TourniquetManaging hemorrhage control with a tourniquet and other EMS response tools and other quick-response tools takes in-depth training. The Disaster Podcast team returns this week with host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and co-host Sam Bradley who are joined by podcast regular, Dr. Joe Holley. Jamie and Sam talk with Joe about the need to learn the correct methods for hemorrhage control and that there are huge gaps in the standard training for most EMS providers, firefighters, and police officers.

There are numerous tools on the market to manage severe bleeding including several commercial tourniquets. Among the most popular are the CAT Tourniquet, the SOF-T Tourniquet, and the SWAT-T Tourniquet. All of these tourniquets are readily available for providers via the usual medical channels and via online stores like


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2 Replies to “Tourniquet Use and Hemorrhage Control”

  1. jamie

    We got this question in via our partners at Paragon Medical Education Group (

    Great podcasts
    I’m the resilience and special operations officer of the Gibraltar Ambulance Service & we’re doing work on MTFA response and haemorrhage control.
    My question: how can you tell when should you apply a tourniquet or attempt direct pressure and pack

    Thank you

  2. jamie

    Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group replied:

    HI Sig!

    Thanks for checking out the podcasts, and for your great question. I think direct pressure is always the first step, and you can add packing pretty quickly. If that’s inadequate to control the bleeding, then additional measures such as tourniquet, ITClamp, or other product may be needed. Pressure/packing is quick, and may buy you some time for more definitive measures.

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