Not all wounds are the same. Tourniquets can be used to control bleeding in many types of trauma, but in groin, shoulder, and neck injuries a limb tourniquet doesn't work. What do you do then? Junctional Tourniquets are a special type of tourniquet designed for wounds / bleeds that are located on the torso at junctions such as the neck, shoulder, or groin. These type of bleeds are not able to be controlled with the use of a limb tourniquet. Junctional tourniquets are positioned to wrap around the area of the body injured, and utilize unique compression devices that can be tightened to apply direct pressure for occlusion to the injured junction. The other type of intervention that can be used is wound packing. Wound packing involves two interventions in one. They are direct pressure, and the use of gauze. Direct pressure should be initiated first while getting the gauze ready. When packing a wound you must continue to apply direct pressure for 10 minutes to control the bleeding when using plain gauze or kerlex. If you use hemostatic gauze the direct pressure hold time is reduced by 7 minutes to 3 minutes. Hemostatic gauze uses blood occluding additives in conjunction with the gauze, which drastically reduces the time and pressure needed to reach occlusion. Traumatic injuries can occur doing everyday activities. If you engage in sports, or wilderness activities its important to carry at a minimum a tourniquet, and its best to carry a full bleeding control kit if possible. While first aid equipment can be cumbersome to carry there are options that are more user-friendly and convenient. One such option is OMNA Amphibious Tourniquets. OMNA Inc., Tourniquets have a unique configuration that allows you to wear the tourniquet in a stored configuration. The OMNA tourniquet can be rapidly deployed into its tourniquet configuration at any time though. Since it is wearable, you can easily carry the tourniquet on a limb, belt or other equipment. For example, you can Velcro the amphibious tourniquet to the frame of a mountain bike. Having an OMNA tourniquet attached to your mountain bike, does not add any weight, and since OMNA Tourniquets are the toughest tourniquets for any conditions, you can be assured that they are rugged enough to be exposed to any environment you enter. When selecting a tourniquet the best tourniquet for you mountain biking is the OMNA Amphibious Tourniquet.
CREDIT: Skinny Medic - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZgw0rY1408&feature=youtu.be
Injured Bike Rider: Cedric Garcia.