(e) If the tourniquet has been on for more than six hours, leave it on.
At this point, do not attempt to remove the tourniquet.
b. Once in the tactical field care phase, any bleeding not previously treated
should be assessed and treated.
(1) Application of emergency trauma dressings, hemostatic agents, or
other means to control simple bleeding may be used at this time.
(2) Hemostatic dressings contain an agent to aid in the clotting process.
Currently the Army has approved the HemConTM Bandage (figure 2-7) for use on the
battlefield. Other agents are in existence, but are not currently approved by the Army.
The HemCon dressing contains an agent that is non-allergenic and is readily absorbed
by the body during the healing process. This agent speeds the clotting process when
it is applied directly to the wound. This dressing is advised for bleeding that can not be
controlled by tourniquets or other direct pressure, such as high femoral bleeding or
Figure 2-7. Hem-ConTM hemostatic dressing.