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FILE - In this April 15, 2013 file photo, an injured woman is tended to at the finish line of the Boston Marathon after two bombs exploded, in Boston. As people lay badly bleeding in the smoke of the Boston Marathon bombings, rescuers immediately turned to a millennia-old medical device to save their lives _ the tourniquet. Using belts, shirts and other materials, they tied off bleeding limbs in fast-acting bids to prevent major blood loss, shock and death. Such fast work no doubt saved many lives, doctors at Boston area hospitals said. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe,  John Tlumacki) MANDATORY CREDIT, BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES.
FILE - In this April 15, 2013 file photo, an injured woman is tended to at the finish line of the Boston Marathon after two bombs exploded, in Boston. As people lay badly bleeding in the smoke of the Boston Marathon bombings, rescuers immediately turned to a millennia-old medical device to save their lives _ the tourniquet. Using belts, shirts and other materials, they tied off bleeding limbs in fast-acting bids to prevent major blood loss, shock and death. Such fast work no doubt saved many lives, doctors at Boston area hospitals said. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki) MANDATORY CREDIT, BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES.
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(AP) In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, rescuers turned to an age-old medical device to save lives the tourniquet.


They tied off bleeding limbs using belts, shirts and other materials. Doctors at Boston hospitals said such fast work no doubt saved many lives.


But as recently as a decade ago, emergency responders might have avoided the tourniquet. It was still caught up in a controversy about whether they were more trouble than they were worth.


However, studies from the Iraq war showed they were clear-cut lifesavers and they are now routinely issued to soldiers.


The American Red Cross continues to advise that direct pressure be applied to a wound except in extreme cases.


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