As we’ve previously stated before the best tourniquet is the tourniquet that is right for you. If you feel more comfortable with a particular type, or brand of tourniquet, that is the best tourniquet for you, just ensure you periodically review new innovations, and thoroughly test all types of tourniquets. Currently, there are four primary types of tourniquets on the market. Depending on whom you talk to about tourniquets, you will get a wide array of opinions and recommendations. Always consider the source of the information, identify any conflicts of interest, and take the knowledge gained from that interaction and apply whatever percentage works best for you. In addition, take into consideration that it is very possible that social media accounts that look like actual people, may in fact be marketing teams or company representatives posing as external independent people. So do your research. For the purpose of this article we will only discuss the elastic band tourniquet type. The other types will be written about in follow-on articles.
Elastic Band Tourniquets can take a few forms, with the most common being a long, wide, elastic band with instructions for use printed on them. These tourniquets are constructed out of an elastic band, and are applied by stretching, wrapping, and tucking the band around the limb of the user multiple times until bleeding stops. There are no moving parts, or mechanics involved with this type of tourniquet. They retail for about $10.00 - $15.00 USD.
In addition to the wide elastic band type of elastic tourniquet, there are also some that use a narrow cord, with a locking mechanism. They retail for $15.00 - $20.00 USD.
Another more common elastic tourniquet is the one typically used in hospitals by phlebotomists and nurses when they draw your blood. This type of tourniquet is not designed or intended for arterial bleeding though. This type of elastic tourniquet is only designed to occlude venous blood flow. They slow or control the return of blood in the veins that was pumped from the arteries. This provides the pressure needed to draw blood.
LOP = (Limb Circumference * TQ Width) * 16.67 + 67
Narrow elastic bands while able to be wrapped multiple times still have a narrow width. Yes, you can possibly wrap them multiple times but the compression is still inferior to a tourniquet that has the full integrity of 2” flat webbing.
The best tourniquet is the tourniquet that is right for you. If you think the Pro’s outweigh the Con’s give some elastic band or elastic cord tourniquets a try.