(3) Wrap the material around the end of the rigid object so the rigid object
is secured. This will prevent the tourniquet from unwinding.
Tie the tails of the material in a non-slip knot.
2-26. CHECK EFFECTIVENESS OF TOURNIQUET
Check for a pulse below the tourniquet. If the tourniquet has stopped arterial
blood flow, there should be no pulse. Also, the bright red arterial bleeding will have
stopped. If there is still a pulse below the tourniquet or if arterial bleeding continues,
tighten the tourniquet.
Leave the tourniquet exposed so it can be located quickly by medical
2-27. MARK THE CASUALTY AND CONTINUE SURVEY
a. Mark the casualty to indicate that a tourniquet has been applied
b. Continue to your survey of the casualty (paragraph 2-20).
c. Document treatment on a U.S. Field Medical Card, attach the card to the
casualty's clothing, and evacuate the casualty (paragraph 2-21).
Section IV. CONTROLLING BLEEDING FROM AN AMPUTATION
2-28. DETERMINE THE TYPE OF AMPUTATION
An amputation (severing) of a limb is handled somewhat differently than a
heavily bleeding wound on a limb. The amputation can be complete or partial. The
amputation can be of a limb or a part of the hand or foot.
a. Complete Amputation. In a complete amputation, the part of the limb
below the amputation site is completely severed (cut off).
b. Partial Amputation. In a partial (incomplete) amputation, the portion of the
limb below the wound (site of the incomplete amputation) is almost completely severed
from the body, but some skin tissue continues to connect the portion of the limb below
the wound to the rest of the body.
c. Amputation of a Limb. The amputation of a limb exists when the
amputation site is on the upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, thigh, knee, lower leg, or