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Video: Cold Stress in Military Operations

Some tips for warriors on dealing with extreme cold during defensive operations, such as those currently ongoing in North Dakota. Read the rest of this entry

The Tourniquet

Tourniquet Boston Bombing 1

Boston Firefighter James Plourde carries an injured woman away from the scene after a bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013. The woman has an improvised tourniquet on her left leg just below the knee.

By Warrior Publications, June 2, 2016

Tourniquet: A device, typically a tightly encircling bandage, used to check bleeding by temporarily stopping the flow of blood through a large artery in a limb… French : tourner, to turn (from Old French).”

The Free Dictionary

A tourniquet is a binding that is applied to an injured limb to stop arterial blood flow resulting from a severe injury (characterized by bright red spurting blood). Although it has been used on battlefields since at least the times of the Roman Empire, after World Wars 1 and 2 the tourniquet became a questionable, even dangerous technique that was to be used only as a last resort, if at all. Despite the apparent absence of any medical studies, the tourniquet was said to cause such severe nerve damage that it often resulted in amputations.

Warning: there are some graphic images in the following article. Read the rest of this entry