What’s the best way to apply a tourniquet?
If life-threatening bleeding has occurred, the first thing to do is contact 000.
Whilst waiting for medical assistance to arrive, we recommend that you apply the tourniquet horizontal, high and tight to the affected limb. Next, use the windless to tighten the tourniquet as much as possible. Check to see if the pressure has stopped any of the bleeding. If needed, you can apply a second tourniquet (this is often needed for a leg). The last step is to pack the wound with a dressing or whatever you have available to you such as a t-shirt. Just don’t use a towel—they will suck too much blood out of the wound!