Tourniquets – lifesavers, when used correctly
We know the UK Emergency Services do an incredible job, but they can’t be everywhere at once. When there’s a delay in their arrival, or multiple casualties, first on scene first aiders have to do what they can.
For workers in dangerous professions, tourniquets are a potential lifesaver. However, first aid courses hardly ever cover their use.
This is because using tourniquets can’t be learned in five minutes. They are a major intervention and must be used correctly to be effective.
When used appropriately, tourniquets can reduce blood loss enough to keep someone alive. But tourniquets also carry a host of risks, including ischemia and reperfusion injuries.
This IBA UK course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to apply non-surgical tourniquets. You’ll learn when it’s appropriate to apply a tourniquet, and when it isn’t, the correct methods to use for a range of injuries, and the hazards of tourniquet use.
Haemostatic dressings are designed to prevent major blood loss by speeding up clotting. They often consist of bandages, pads or gauze impregnated with a haemostatic agent.
These dressings can sometimes be used in areas that tourniquets cannot – for example, in injuries to the groin, armpit or neck.
As with tourniquets, their use is not without risk and it’s imperative that the person making use of a haemostatic dressing has been trained in their use.
The IBA UK course also covers how to use haemostatic dressing appropriately and safely.
Who this course is for
This course would benefit anyone who works within a role where there is risk of major injury. It is useful for anyone within a high-risk industry looking to augment their CV with relevant and significant CPD training.
The training would be particularly applicable to workers who spend time in inaccessible locations, and/or those who work in:
- tree surgery
- food processing
- slaughter houses
- metal working
- air conditioning
- shop fitting
- History of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings
- Workplaces with significant risks
- Safe use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings
- Hazards of incorrect use
- Practice sessions
- Certificate of attendance from Qualifications Network
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