Tips on Tightening the SOFT-T Wide Tourniquet

| April 12, 2016 | 2 Comments

A little over two months ago, we hosted Rob Schoening from LHGK for his Bullets, Blades, and Bandages trauma care class (our 3×3 review). One of the many good things about the class is that Rob brought several tourniquets for students to try.

Most agreed that the SOFT-T Wide had the best windlass, but a few of us had problems getting it tight enough to stop a radial pulse.

I posted about the problems I had, and BFE Labs and Lone Star Medics helped me out with some tips on how to more consistently (and effectively) get the SOFT-T cuff tight enough so that the windlass can do its job in just two or three turns.


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Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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  1. Nigel says:

    First of all – TERRIFIC site and great info. Because of your site and your advice, I now carry a sling bag everywhere, with a trauma kit and lots of reloads for my pistol. What are your thoughts on the improvised tourniquet at this site:

    It’s long, so scroll down to:
    “How To Make An Improvised Tourniquet With Your Car Keys [Step-By-Step]”

    Again, GREAT site. GREAT info. You inspire change in others, so keep up the good work.


    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Hi there — the technique referenced in that article is one espoused by the late Paul Gomez, and is covered in some variation by the good book “Beating the Reaper” by Doctor John Meade. I strongly recommend that you try this technique, verifying that you can stop the pulse in at least your arm before you are comfortable implementing it effectively. I am not saying that it’s good or bad, but definitely something worth practicing repeatedly beforehand.

      For others reading this, the article Nigel referenced is this one:

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