Today's CBS Morning News said they were teaching school teachers on the mainland to put on surgical gloves and stick their fingers in the bullet hole to stop the bleeding. I would bet 80% would not do that and I have no idea how effective it would be. Someone enlighten me please.
I haven’t checked 2A in years, so sorry if this is late. I have taught these classes at both 5.11 and HFD for our EMT medical refresher training. HFD and AMR both follow the TECC guidelines. Sticking your finger into a junctional wound is good if the wound track is big enough. You might be able to get a feel for the blood pulsing from the artery and apply pressure there— hold that for three minutes (obviously don’t sit there if you’re getting shot at, ffs...) and pack & wrap. If you have a Combat Gauze hemostatic dressing, pack that in there first and try to push it as far up (toward the heart) as possible and then use rolled gauze or z-pack gauze to fill the cavity and keep the hemostatic dressing pressed up against the artery. Failing that, you can push a water bottle, iPhone, deck of cards, flashlight, pistol/rifle mag, etc. against the pelvis for leg bleeds too high for a tourniquet or in the “shooter’s pocket” (where your rifle butt goes) for an arm bleeds.
My schedule is crazy, but if people are interested, I can do a class. It’ll likely be at 5.11 since they’ve been wanting another, and I think they’ll be open to me suggesting a day all you HI 2A guys can come down.
Also, a rule of thumb for CAT TQs: it should be pulled tight enough that no more than three turn stops the bleed/pulse.