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 Improvised Tourniquets and Techniques

While commercially available and proven tourniquets are often available for use, there may be situations which may require the use of a nonstandard or improvisational tourniquet.

This session is designed to familiarize a responder with alternative techniques and equipment that could be useful if standard tourniquets are not available, do not work as intended, or fail.

Attendees should have already completed Stop-the-Bleed or equivalent training.

Dr Patrick Boyle is a 25 year USN veteran with a background in Naval Aviation and Military Medicine.  He spent the first part of his working career as a Naval Flight Officer involved in antisubmarine warfare directing an aircrew and prosecuting Russian submarines during the “cold war”.

Subsequently he attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland receiving a medical degree and after initial follow on training became a flight surgeon and was assigned to the Naval Strike Warfare Center in Fallon Nevada, an organization that trained visiting aircraft carrier air wings in coordinated airstrikes, combat search and rescue and evacuations of noncombatants from hostile environments.  He participated and trained aircrew in the medical aspects of these operations.

Following this assignment he received additional subspecialty training as an anesthesiologist at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego where he deployed to the Middle East serving on an aircraft carrier and a front line field unit where he gained significant trauma experience.

Upon his retirement from the Navy he joined the faculty at the University of Arizona working in the level one trauma environment for the past 13 years in close association with the trauma division in the department of surgery.

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