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Catastrophic Bleeding & Tourniquets

Tourniquets are tight bands used on limbs or extremities to control excessive bleeding when bleeding cannot be controlled by direct pressure.

A properly applied tourniquet can safely limit blood loss and save a life whilst awaiting the emergency services.

We can also offer this course as a bolt on to our First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work courses.

Who it is for?

Anyone working in a high risk environment where there could be a possibility of catastrophic bleeding and there is a need for tourniquets to be present, for example, agriculture or manufacturing.

What will you learn?

  • How to manage an incident
  • Use of a variety of bandages for catastrophic bleeding
  • Use of a tourniquet

How is it assessed?

Delegates are continually assessed by our highly experienced St John Ambulance Cymru trainers in line with current HSE guidelines.


Upon successful completion of this course, delegates will receive a St John Ambulance Cymru certificate, valid for 3 years.

Have you got the supplies your staff may need?

first aid kits to find one that suits your workplace, including our critical injury pack specifically for treating catastrophic bleeding, and also our tactical tourniquet and specialist bandages.