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No Tourniquet? You should always be prepared and carry a dedicated tourniquet like the C-A-T®, but if you don’t have one, then what? PRESSURE POINTS. Applying pressure with your thumb proximal (above) where the bleeding is coming from is a quick and effective way to stop bleeding. No equipment required, just a thumb!
Pressure points are a quick and simple way to slow or stop bleeding but it can be difficult to maintain enough pressure over time so think of this as a temporary way to slow bleeding until a proper pressure dressing (which works on a lot of wounds) or tourniquet (if needed) can be applied. These take practice so find a buddy and get to work.
Special thanks to Pat Thompson for putting on a great clinic on this at the @thethornetwork 2022.