In SureFire Field Notes 67, Kerry Davis of Dark Angel Medical demonstrates how to properly apply a tourniquet, a crucial skill that can save a life when done properly, or cause more complications when done improperly.
Davis demonstrates various techniques for proper tourniquet application on an arm or leg. Which technique you use will be determined by whether or not you can identify where the victim’s bleeding is coming from. Davis points out that applying a tourniquet will cause pain to the victim, so you should be ready for that. He cites one study that has shown some 78% of tourniquet applications are done improperly because the applicant is afraid of hurting the victim. The most vital aspect of tourniquet application is to keep the blood in the body where it belongs. You can watch SureFire Field Notes 67 by clicking on the video link below.
ABOUT KERRY DAVIS
Kerry Davis, the founder of Dark Angel Medical, has been taking care of people for more than half of his adult life. Born and raised in Mississippi, he joined the US Air Force in 1991 and trained as a medic, working in an ER, then moving on to special duty with the only Tac Evac unit in the active USAF. In that station, he was a flight medic and an Aircrew Training instructor.
That duty station gave Kerry the opportunity to go to the U.S. Army’s Airborne school and work with Airborne units at Pope AFB and Ft. Bragg. After leaving North Carolina, he moved to Maxwell AFB, AL, where he instructed several thousand new Air Force officers at Officer Training School’s Medical Readiness Indoctrination Course at Gunter AFB Annex over a two-and-a-half-year period.
Kerry also taught, during his tenure in the USAF, ACLS, PALS, BCLS, and Paramedic Cardiology. During that time, he worked as a paramedic, and after separation from the Air Force, he completed his training and certification as an RN. He has now been in the Critical Care and ER field since 2003. He separated from the Reserves in 2007. He is an avid shooter and has instructed with Magpul Dynamics. Today he is currently an adjunct instructor with SIG Sauer Academy where he teaches weapons manipulation as well as “Bullets and Bandages.”
For more information about Dark Angel Medical, visit darkangelmedical.com.
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