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US Army gives combat medics new type of tourniquet

from Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery via Medical Xpress

Throughout the history of modern warfare, countless wounded fighters have been saved from bleeding to death by tourniquets — the straps or ties that wrap around a damaged limb and staunch hemorrhaging. But what if a soldier is shot through the pelvis, or in the armpit, where a tourniquet would be of no use? Militaries the world over have grappled with the question for decades, and the issue took on new urgency during the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the U.S. Army has found an answer. The service currently is training and equipping its combat medics with a new device, called a junctional tourniquet. more


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