Monday, May 02, 2005

U.S. military widening use of tourniquets

U.S. military widening use of tourniquets
Army, Marines to make tools standard equipment; Data indicates they save lives; 172,000 on way to Iraq, Afghanistan, maker says
Fighting without tourniquets

By Robert Little
Sun National Staff
Originally published May 2, 2005
As the Pentagon begins a hurried effort to distribute modern tourniquets to every soldier and Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army and the Marine Corps also have decided to make the simple medical tools standard equipment for more than 1 million service members throughout the world.

The move comes as new data from the two war zones show that modern tourniquets are saving lives in combat - and that soldiers without them have died, perhaps unnecessarily.

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