You followed all the steps of the MARCH algorithm to save a combat casualty’s life. Now it’s time for the PAWS portion, which is what you’ll use to help make sure the casualty has some kind of quality of life afterward. In this post, we’ll talk about converting a tourniquet. You need to know this because, while it’s good to keep your guy alive, it sucks if he loses his leg from a minor wound as a result of you not knowing how to convert a tourniquet. In this post we’ll also answer the question of when to convert a tourniquet if you’re not medically trained.