04/25/2013

Tourniquets crucial to saving lives in Boston

First responders — and in some instances, spectators — used tourniquets to cut off the blood flow and stop severe bleeding

By Janice Lloyd
USA TODAY

BOSTON — The most severe injuries in the Boston bombing resemble those suffered by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan whose limbs were blown apart by improvised explosive devices and the initial treatment was also identical: First responders — and in some instances, spectators — used tourniquets to cut off the blood flow and stop severe bleeding.

More than 170 people were hurt Monday and three people died when two explosive devices went off along mile 26 of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street.

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