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Tourniquet 101: The most important item in a first aid kit is something you almost certainly don't have.

Tourniquet 101: The most important item in a first aid kit is something you almost certainly don't have.

Blood loss accounts for 31% of deaths of victims of trauma, many of these deaths are preventable through rapid access to tourniquets. A tourniquet should be a cornerstone of every first aid kit - yet almost none have them, and there is confusion about how to use them. This guide will get you squared away on when, why and how to use tourniquets.