Tourniquet use by Law Enforcement and those who first respond to emergencies save lives almost daily. While not all inclusive, a national trauma reporting system does not yet exist and this is our expanding body of evidence. This also demonstrates the need for further training on other elements of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) by Law Enforcement and First Responders.
Death from severe extremity bleeding is most easily preventable by properly applying an approved tourniquet before a patient goes into shock. Patients who receive a tourniquet after hypovolemia shock sets in have up to 90% incidence of mortality(death). If the tourniquet is applied before the patient is in shock the numbers reverse with only a 10% incidence of mortality.