Originally Posted By: Burncycle
For those who aren't in the medical field, you're going to see a lot of people who are in the medical field saying they rarely used them in their careers.

This is partially because you really don't need them for the vast majority of cases, but also because for a long time it was thought that tourniquets would cause more harm than good if not needed and protocols tended to reflect that.

Guilty as charged. Well said, burncycle.

The medical professions tend to guard jealously their technology and job descriptions. I started in this line of work before emergency medicine residencies were invented, and witnessed the creation of ACLS, ATLS, paramedics and automated defibrillators. As each of these developed, wars were fought over the advisability of authorizing folks who were not doctors to perform them. The outcomes of pre hospital care have proven the viability of the plan.

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