Myth: making a tourniquet to stop a wound bleeding
Reality: a tourniquet on an injured arm or leg does cut off blood flow but to the entire area, which can lead to tissue damage.
What to do: applying direct pressure to the wound is the best way to control bleeding. Use a clean dressing, if available, or a towel, piece of clothing or your hand. Once pressure is applied, keep it in place. The less a bleeding wound is disturbed, the better.
Warning: if the bleeding will not stop or the person feels dizzy and faint – seek medical attention