Tourniquet

Production date
1939-1945

Description
Tourniquet.





A tourniquet was used to treat a haemorrhage to stop the bleeding. A tourniquet consisted of a band to encircle the limb and of an apparatus whereby the band may be sufficiently tightened to arrest the supply of blood in the main artery leading to the wound. Included in First Aid manuals until 1960 and not advised to use in the 1965 manual due to the growing awareness that they could make bleeding worse, could result in tissue damage and even gangrene.
Collection Type
Objects
Catalogue Number
217/1(25)
Associated Person and Role
Joint War Organisation of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John of Jerusalem