Apply a field dressing, elevation, manual pressure, pressure dressing, emergency
trauma dressing, chitosan dressing, improvised tourniquet, and/or Combat Application
Tourniquet, as needed.
Given a simulated casualty with bleeding from a limb and needed supplies.
Score a GO on the performance checklist.
STP 21-1-SMCT, Soldier's Manual of Common Tasks: Skill Level 1.
FM 4-25.11, First Aid.
GTA 08-05-063, Applying the Chitosan Bandage.
Section I. CONTROLLING BLEEDING OF A WOUND ON AN EXTREMITY
a. The leading preventable cause of death on the battlefield is bleeding from an
extremity. Bleeding (hemorrhaging) from an extremity can usually be controlled by
applying a dressing and bandage, applying manual pressure, elevating the injured limb,
applying a pressure dressing. An emergency trauma bandage serves as a dressing
and bandage and as a pressure dressing. If these methods do not control the bleeding,
a tourniquet can be applied to stop the flow of blood below the tourniquet band.
b. In some situations, such as a complete amputation of a forearm, a tourniquet
should be applied immediately since the previously stated methods would be
inadequate to control the bleeding.
c. In combat, while under enemy fire, a rapidly applied tourniquet is the initial
method used to control life-threatening hemorrhaging from a limb.