Squashing an artery to control severe bleeding (a.k.a. “pressure points”) is a difficult skill to perform and there is little evidence it helps; plus, what little evidence may be more lore than substance. Our bleeding control curriculum well-aimed direct pressure, elevation, and as a last resort, tourniquet.
Pressure points are also no longer part of the Red Cross, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Tactical Combat Casualty curriculum, or the National Registry of EMT Skills Sheets.
These curricula recommendations have been adopted from NOLS Wilderness Medicine and have been edited to conform to the standards
set by Center for Wilderness Safety and the Wilderness Medical Society in accordance with the WMS National Practice Guidelines.