Since its combat introduction by the U.S. Army in 2005, the Combat Application Tourniquet® – a true one-handed tourniquet – has decreased the mortality rate due to extreme exsanguination by 85%. The U.S. Army Institute of Research deemed it to be 100% effective. Tests proved that the C-A-T® completely occluded 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. This item is standard issue with the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Gaurd.
Standard Use Guidelines
When applied in accordance with directions, the Combat Application Tourniquet® (C•A•T®) is a safe and effective device for controlling life-threatening extremity bleeding. If you cannot be sure or cannot take the additional time to examine where the bleeding is coming from based on the situation, the C•A•T® can be effectively applied over clothing as high on the arm or leg as possible. The C•A•T® must NOT be applied over solid objects within the clothing. As soon as the situation permits, the injured limb should be evaluated and the C•A•T® re-positioned 2”-3” above the injury directly to the skin.