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C-A-T Combat Application Tourniquet All black version

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  • 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
  • Reinforced windlass clip & highly visible security tab includes a write-able area to record the time of application
  • Designed to perform in all weather conditions
  • Official tourniquet of the U.S. army
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Noted as the best prehospital tourniquet in the February 2008 supplement of The Journal of Trauma 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 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 Hook and Loop 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.

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  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003IPZRYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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It is very easy to use and hope we will never need it.
Mark Allen
The C-A-T Tourniquet has been researched and proven to be effective.
Tradecraft
A nice addition to any first aid or a decent bug out kit!
Klaus

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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on March 9, 2012
I am a Healthcare Army; commonly refered to as a 'Combat Medic'. We train on these things until we can apply them on ourselves single-handedly in under two minutes, faster on another person. In optimal (classroom) trials we average under thirty seconds to proper placement.
The CAT is an excellent and simple product of good quality and very effective for the job it was created for. However, as easy and effective as this tourniquet is; it's also just a tool. If purchasing this tool for yourself be absolutely sure that you know HOW to use it and how to know you've used it RIGHT. Application of the CAT is simple, but so is messing up and when you NEED a tourniquet, there's no time to read the instructions.
If you're purchasing this for a friend, check to make sure they also understand how to use it and if purchasing this for a soldier/airman/sailor/marrine/combatant/non-combatant overseas in hostile areas... consider sending more. Thank you.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tradecraft TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2011
The Combat Application Tourniquet, C-A-T, is an excellent, must have, and highly recommended addition to your first aid kit. The C-A-T Tourniquet has been researched and proven to be effective. When faced with a catastrophic injury to an arm or leg from a traumatic event with significant arterial bleeding then this tourniquet is a reliable and necessary piece of gear that has saved many lives. This tourniquet is fast and easy to apply one handed, under stressful conditions, and is combat proven on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Time is of the essence when faced with a serious injury with significant bleeding requiring immediate and effective control of bleeding. This tourniquet can literally be the difference between life and death.

Based upon research from the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) Battlefield Tourniquet Recommendations - Issued July 28, 2004:

"The Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) was effective 100% of the time in quickly and effectively occluding arterial blood flow in both the upper and lower extremities in all trials...Pain scores (pinching and circumferential) were dramatically lower with the C-A-T than any other strap-style device evaluated."

Research after this 2004 study has come to the same conclusion. Hence, the Combat Application Tourniquet should be a part of any serious first aid kit or medic gear. Get this tourniquet and be prepared for the worst case scenario.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JDS556762 on January 12, 2013
We use these in the Army both overseas and during training. On all 3 of my deployments, 2 to Iraq, 1 to afghanistan, I personally have had to use the CAT on real world, severely wounded coalition soldiers and civilians. I now keep several of these in my personal first aid kits, my vehicle, my Kelty backpack and my pocket if I believe I'm doing something particularly dangerous. It's light weight, easy to use, and well made so what's the excuse not to have one?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vladimir on October 21, 2013
I know a guy who took a 7.62x54R FMJ from a PKM in Afghanistan. It hit him just above the left knee and went right through to the other side. He was able to use the tourniquet on himself while the rest of his team returned fire.

My understanding is that in his wild frenzy to save his own life, he tightened it enough to then proceed to break his femur, an impressive feat, no doubt. That said, it said his life by keeping more blood inside his body than out while he awaited evac.

So it works. We know that much.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam on November 3, 2011
Having used this tourniquet while deployed in Iraq, I can honestly say it works. Some that we used worked a little better, but the CAT was easy and reliable. Something that makes a good tool when trying to save someone's life. Using it as an outdoor/woodsman's tourniquet might be stretching it a little. A bit overkill I think. But it's certainly useful and does what it claims.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Graham on May 15, 2013
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It's not as compact as a SWAT-T, but it's my personal favorite for a kit, beating out the SOF-T and SOF-T wide.

Make sure you read the directions and rig it for one handed use. If you have both hands functioning, you can quickly re-route it for application to a leg, but you can't as easily take it from two handed to one handed if you're actually needing a tourniquet right then.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah Bucher on March 3, 2012
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For a toruniquet to work it must be tight enough to stop arterial blood flow. Very easy to do with this item. In the military we learned to use a strip of cloth and a stick which if done correctly works quite well and to use the patients blood to draw a + on the forehead signifying tourniquet, but this is way better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Hines on March 2, 2013
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I used them in mosul Iraq on a few occasions sadly (2007-2009). work great and never had one break or melt. The strap is a good width as to not cut into the skin whereas i found the SOF-T to literally cut skin upon tightening. These things are simple and thats exactly what you want in a SHTF medical device. Youtube this product for how best to use it if you are new to the game.
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