(NSFW) Ukrainian Applies Tourniquet To His Own Leg

Helmet cam footage shows a seriously wounded Ukrainian soldier applying a tourniquet to his own leg during an ongoing gunfight.


There is significant bleeding as evidenced by the soldier's blood-soaked pant leg, but it's not clear if there is actual arterial bleeding. The soldier is erring on the side of caution as one can bleed out in mere seconds, but it takes several hours for severe necrosis to occur as a result of tourniquet placement.


I will say his application of the tourniquet may not be all that effective as his initial application wasn't all that tight, and he should have twisted it much tighter. If anything, the application will slow his blood loss, buying him more time to be MedEvaced to a higher level of treatment.


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Helmet cam footage shows a seriously wounded Ukrainian soldier applying a tourniquet to his own leg during an ongoing gunfight.


There is significant bleeding as evidenced by the soldier's blood-soaked pant leg, but it's not clear if there is actual arterial bleeding. The soldier is erring on the side of caution as one can bleed out in mere seconds, but it takes several hours for severe necrosis to occur as a result of tourniquet placement.


I will say his application of the tourniquet may not be all that effective as his initial application wasn't all that tight, and he should have twisted it much tighter. If anything, the application will slow his blood loss, buying him more time to be MedEvaced to a higher level of treatment.


About the Author

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Will Killmore

Will Killmore is a US Army combat infantry veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He has deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 172nd Stryker Brigade and 173rd Airborne Brigade. Following his time in service, he successfully pursued a certificate of journalism and has been a blogger for Funker530 since 2014. Follow Will’s bad takes on Twitter

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