There are many Law Enforcement agencies throughout our country that have adopted the Combat Casualty Care concept. These agencies have acknowledged that times are somewhat diffrent and the need to update their training. In many cases, the adoption of this concept initiates at the administrative level and flows down throughout the agency via memo and policy updates/change.
We all know that, an inherent by-product of this process, is the misinterpretation or lack of understanding of the changes. For example, when an agency purchases GSW (Gunshot Wound Kit) kits for their personnel, the message needs to be clear that these kits have to be placed in their vehicles in one common location, preferably within arms reach of the driver.
It also has to be clear that the tourniquet should probably be carried on their person and not stowed in the kit, which for the most part will remian in their police vehicle. So, then the imfanous question arises each and every time. Where and how should I carry my tourniquet?
My recommendation has always been to have it on your person. If we know that you can potentially bleed out in just minutes, your taking a risk, if you decide to leave it in GSW kit, in your vehicle. You might not have time to go back to the vehicle and grab your tourniquet.!
So, where on your person? I have seen comfortable success with carrying your tourniquet in your front vest pocket, in your socks, in a pouch (attached to a vest), and a cargo pocket. Just recently, I noticed another comfortable way to carry or stow a tourniquet.
With this example, your not adding any additional pouches and your tourniquet is always with you. No matter how you decided to carry it, Have it on your person!