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Once-doubted tourniquet seen as Boston lifesaver

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.

In this Monday, April 15, 2013 photo, Boston Firefighter James Plourde carries an injured girl away from the scene after a bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. The FBI’s investigation into the bombings at the Boston Marathon was in full swing Tuesday, with authorities serving a warrant on a suburban Boston home and appealing for any private video, audio and still images of the blasts that killed at least three and wounded more than 170. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh) MANDATORY CREDIT

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