Coagulopathy, catastrophic bleeding and blood clotting

Coagulopathy is a condition in which the blood’s ability to coagulate is impaired. This would mean that if someone had a serious bleed, the bodies ability to form clots would be reduced, therefore it is hard to control the bleed. This condition can cause a tendency toward prolonged or excessive bleeding, which may occur spontaneously […]

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Tourniquets and where to use them

Tourniquets can only be used on arms or legs. With other parts of the body, you would have to use direct pressure and haemostatic dressings. They are used to control excessive bleeding that you cannot control with direct pressure and pressure dressings. These types of bleeds are classified as catastrophic bleeds. They include amputations, stab […]

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Improvised tourniquet

Improvised tourniquets

If you do not have a commercial tourniquet, you can improvise one using a triangular bandage. Firstly only consider if direct pressure has not worked. You can use a strong pliable material like gauze, material, triangular bandage clothing. To avoid skin damage, make the tourniquet at least 5cm thick. Do not use, wire, string, rope […]

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The healing process to bleeding

When the body is cut, the body starts to repair injuries within the first 24 hours but it is between 48-72 hours and can be up to 21 days when the repair is fully carried out. The clotting mechanism in the blood seals the torn blood vessels, so blood plasmas cannot escape into the tissue […]

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tourniquet

Tourniquets how tight should they be applied?

Tourniquet should be applied as tight as possible.  As you tighten a tourniquet, you first stop the venous return and then the arteries.  If you just stop the veins, you can make the situation much worse so it must be applied tight even though this may be painful to the patient. Learn more about catastrophic bleeding, tourniquets […]

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