How to Make a Paracord Tourniquet

If you're out in the woods and you cut yourself so deep that applying pressure or using stitches won't do the trick, then you need to make a tourniquet fast. A tourniquet can made out of many things.

In fact, our Water Filter Straw has a piece of extension tubing that people have used as a tourniquet on a hike. 

Today, we'll show you how to make one using paracord.

When will you need to make a paracord tourniquet? 

  •   whenever you have uncontrollable bleeding from an Arm or Leg

  •   whenever their is an amputated or partially amputated limb

  •   when other attempts to control a bleeding extremity have failed (direct pressure,bandages)

  •   when you have multiple injuries or multiple victims to address 

  •   when your description of the bleeding limb begins with an expletive "Oh S#*% that's a lot of blood!"

Wrap the limb with a rope/belt/bra at least two inches closer to the body than the wound.

Do not apply a tourniquet over a joint–blood passageways are protected in joints, and you’ll never put pressure on the arteries.

Place it closer to the body than the joint. 

Then tie the tourniquet in place once using an overhand knot.

Place your desired torsion device on top of the overhand knot.

Tie another overhand knot, then another (or tie a square knot if you’re knot savvy) to secure the torsion device onto the tourniquet.

Twist the torsion device in one direction until bleeding stops.

Secure the tourniquet in place.

This can often be accomplished by using the loose ends from your last knot to tie one end of the torsion device to the tightened tourniquet, or to the limb.

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