Sports First Responder Level 3 (VTQ)

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Improvised Tourniquets

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Creating an Improvised Tourniquet with a Triangular Bandage


In situations where a commercial tourniquet is unavailable, improvising with a triangular bandage can be effective.


Before resorting to improvisation, exhaust all options for direct pressure application.

Materials and Construction

Construct the improvised tourniquet using a sturdy, pliable material such as gauze, fabric, or a triangular bandage.


To prevent skin damage, ensure the tourniquet is at least 5cm thick when applied.

Avoidance of Harmful Materials

Avoid using wire, string, rope, or shoelaces, as these can cause tissue damage.

Placement Guidelines

Do not position the tourniquet over the wound, fracture, or joint. It can be applied over clothing or directly onto the skin.

Visibility and Monitoring

Keep the tourniquet visible and mark the casualty's forehead with a "T." Note the time of application and inform Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of the intervention.

Important Reminders

Once applied, do not loosen or remove the tourniquet until professional medical assistance arrives.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO3.1, 3.2, 3.3 & 3.4