I have noted more discussions on the use of tourniquets and bleeding control, I decided to post 4 really good articles that deal with that topic. They were published by the JEMS magazine, a research based trade magazine that specializes in Prehospital Medicine. Fact not Fluff for the persons interested in taking the time to educate themselves. 10 Hemorrhage Control Myths http://www.jems.com/articles/print/volume-39/issue-12/features/10-hemorrhage-control-myths.html Tampons and MaxiPads Use In Injuries-Myths https://www.personaldefensenetwork.com/article/severe-bleeding-first-aid-misconceptions-tampons/ Stop The Bleeding- History http://www.jems.com/article/patient-care/stop-bleeding Point Care Hemorrhage Control- Bleeding Control http://www.jems.com/article/patient-care/point-care-hemorrhage-control Tourniquet First-Use of Tourniquets http://www.jems.com/article/major-incidents/tourniquet-first Tourniquet Effectiveness* Buyer Beware: Selecting Your Everyday Carry Tourniquet (*Original Link Dead See Post #32 Below for a copy of the article.*) Specific Models of Tourniquets Without Reading all of the studies... Bottom Line A commercial tourniquet was much more effective than a improvised one. Evaluation Criteria - How Effective They Were and The Ease of One Handed Use. (Some were easier to use, while others were better at occluding arterial leg bleeds and what not...) "Really Good" CAT SOF-T Wide "Good" SWAT-T TK-4L Remember If you decide to purchase a tourniquet, buy two. One for training and one reserved for emergency use.