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Combat Application Tourniquet® (C-A-T®) – Rescue Orange

Tourniquets are making a comeback in pre-hospital care, tactical medicine and law enforcement. The C-A-T® is a true one-handed tourniquet proven to be 100% effective by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research. Tests have proven that the C-A-T® completely occludes blood flow of an extremity in the event of a traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage.

The C-A-T® utilizes a durable windlass system with a free-moving internal band providing true circumferential pressure to the extremity. Once adequately tightened, bleeding will cease and the windlass is locked into place. A Velcro® strap is then applied, securing the windlass to maintain pressure during casualty evacuation. The C-A-T®’s unique dual securing system avoids the use of screws and clips which can become difficult to operate under survival stress or where fine motor skills are compromised. The C-A-T® was named the Best Prehospital Tourniquet in the February 2008 Supplement of The Journal of Trauma. It is also approved by the National Tactical Offices Association (NTOA) for tactical medics and law enforcement officers. The C-A-T® was also Awarded One of the “Top 10 Greatest Inventions” by the U.S. Army.

 

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