Step 16: Feel for a pulse
- Feel for a pulse at the wrist or inner elbow to be sure the tourniquet is not too tight. If you have problems finding a pulse, loosen the tourniquet.
- Practice finding your pulse before you put the tourniquet on so you know how it feels.
Caution: The tourniquet is too tight if you cannot find a pulse, your hand is cold, or your arm is white or mottled purple.