The CAT Tourniquet (Combat Application Tourniquet) is a small and lightweight arterial tourniquet that completely occludes blood flow in an extremity. Used for the treatment of life-threatening bleeding, the CAT Tourniquet uses a Self-Adhering Band and a Friction Adaptor Buckle to fit a wide range of extremities combined with a one-handed windlass system.
The Combat Application Tourniquet (C.A.T) is a proven tried and true tourniquet which should be a part of every medical kit designed to combat bleeding wounds.
CAT Tourniquet features:
Official tourniquet of the U.S. army
Used by both conventional and Special Operation forces
True, one-handed application tourniquet
Proven to be 100% effective in occluding blood flow in both upper and lower extremities by the U.S. Army's Institute of Surgical Research
Designed to perform in all weather conditions
Small and cost-effective
Windlass rod is twice as strong as before with an increased diameter and improved grip
Reinforced windlass clip & highly visible security tab includes a writeable area to record the time of application
Featuring with a red elliptical tip to assist user in locating and threading during application
Recommended by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care
Packaged: L 6.5 in. x W 2.4 in. x D 1.5 in.
Open Length: 37.5 in.
Weight: 2.9 oz
Instruction for use:
The Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) is a single use arterial tourniquet that provides a consistent, controlled, circumferential force to limbs in an attempt to control life-threatening haemorrhage.
Place the tourniquet as proximal as possible around the affected limb.
Pass the tip of the tourniquet through the inside slit of the buckle. Pull the band tight.
Pass the tip of the tourniquet through the outside slit of the buckle.
The friction buckle will lock the band in place.
Pull the tourniquet very tight and securely fasten the band back on itself using the tourniquet velcro.
Twist the windlass rod until the arterial haemorrhage has ceased and the distal pulse is unable to be palpated.
Place the windlass rod inside the rod locking clip, locking it in place. Confirm that the arterial bleeding has ceased and the distal pulse is unable to be palpated. If haemorrhage is not controlled, consider additional tightening or the application of
a second tourniquet (immediately adjacent to the first) and reassess.
Secure the windlass rod inside the rod locking clip with the rod securing strap. Record the time and date of application on the rod securing strap and document in the eARF as well. Ensure hospital staff are aware of the tourniquet application time.
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