The C.A.T (Combat Application Tourniquet) is a small and lightweight one-handed arterial tourniquet that stops either serious venous, arterial or a combination of both blood, flowing from a limb. After the tourniquet has been placed around the limb it works by using a windlass system that tightens a free-moving internal band providing true circumferential pressure. Once tightened, bleeding will cease and the windlass is locked into place. The windlass is then secured using a hook and loop retention strap to maintain pressure until emergency services arrive.
The C.A.T is widely regarded as the most operational trialed and reported on tourniquet having been in military service and various defence forces globally since the early 2000’s. Now on its 7th Generation of improvements, it is a reliable tourniquet highly suitable for serious limb injuries as an occurrence of;
- Serious Motor Vehicle Accidents (serious lacerations from glass/metal)
- Shark attacks (Surfing / Diving/ Boating etc)
- Downhill Mountain Biking (crashes involving; open fractures from falls /stick impalements /bike on person trauma)
- Industrial accidents (amputations, crush injuries, severe lacerations etc)
It is highly suggested that when purchasing any tourniquet you receive accredited training such as that delivered by SOTER, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care for First Responders, which focuses on the fundamentals of tourniquet application including indications, common issues/failings during application, equipment preservation and stowage and evidence based data on suggested duration of application.