Originally Posted by SDDAVE
Your welcome, We just had CPR/First Aid, and defibrillator training. In addition we just were trained with new trauma kits, which include these,,,,,,,
I would recommend buying a couple of these to add to your kit.
I would caution their application just like the "casting kit", even more so really. TQs are ONLY for immediately life threatening arterial hemorrhaging. Which is quite rare outside of the tactical environment, as this type is injury is most commonly suffered from a ballistic wound. The use of a tourniquet is for times when all other means have been exhausted to not work, or when there is no time to try other means (care under fire).
While this tool is vital and has saved MANY lives in the sandbox, it is quite dangerous to be utilized by an un-skilled user, as you are LITERALLY cutting off ALL blood supply to the limb. If you look on amazon, theres a 1 star review (not sure if its real or a prank), where an individual stated they used the device, for a small wound on the hand, and left it in place for many hours, upon arrival at the ER hours later, they had suffered permanent nerve damage.
I'm not saying don't get and cary one, i'm saying that if you do, you owe it to yourself and the poor soul it needs to be used on, to know what the hell youre doing. They need to be ONLY applies to long bones (humorous & femur) and ONLY used when immediate life threatening ARTERIAL bleeding is being experienced. Again, a VERY specific injury pattern.
Furthermore, I personally recommend the SOF Tactical Tourniquet WIDE. All the Dustoff medics I have talked to prefer this model, mainly because of the METAL windlass. Whereas the CAT's is plastic and can be easily broken, especially for lower limb application. Its buckle is also far superior, and allows for easier one handed application around a limb (disconnect, wrap around, reconnect) as opposed to sliding the TQ up the limb (or what's left of it). Additionally, the velcro on the CAT does not stick so well when soaked in blood.