Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T)

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  • Official Tourniquet of the U.S. Army
  • Proven to be 100% effective in occluding blood flow in both upper & lower extremities by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research
  • Featuring  a red elliptical tip to assist user in locating and threading during application
  • Reinforced windlass clip & highly visible security tab includes a writeable area to record the time of application
  • Generation 7.  Genuine C-A-T® guaranteed 
  • Noted as the best prehospital tourniquet in the February 2008 supplement of The Journal of Trauma

    The patented 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 patented 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 windlass retention 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.

    The patented Combat Application Tourniquet® (C-A-T®) featuring the proprietary red tip design and the mechanical advantage of a band within a band has been the Official Tourniquet of the U.S. Army since 2005. The innovations in the C-A-T® are protected by U.S. Patent Nos. 7,842,067 and 7,892,253.

    Product Enhancements:

  • 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
  • Special Features:

  • Awarded as one of the “Top 10 Greatest Inventions” by the U.S. Army
  • Official Tourniquet of the U.S. Army
  • Used by both conventional and Special Operation forces
  • Proven to be 100% effective in occluding blood flow in both upper & lower extremities by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research
  • True, one-handed application tourniquet
  • Quickly controls life-threatening extremity bleeding
  • Recommended by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • Designed to perform in all weather conditions
  • Small and cost-effective
  • Protected by U.S. Patent Nos. 7,842,067 and 7,892,253
  • Dimensions:

  • Packaged: L 6.5 in. x W 2.4 in. x D 1.5 in.
  • Open Length: 37.5 in.
  • Weight: 2.7 oz

    Beware Fake CAT Tourniquets on Amazon

    We all like to save money. Whether it's finding a gas station with the best price or your favorite beer on sale, saving a few dollars feels good. Public entities like schools or police and fire departments have fiscal responsibilities that mandate against wasteful spending. Most individuals and certainly most agencies shop carefully when purchasing supplies. Medical equipment is not the place to try to save a few dollars. You would never purchase a bargain parachute or sign up for budget brain surgery.

    When it comes to emergency medical equipment, most of us know better than to price-shop, yet thousands of fake “CAT” tourniquets are sold on Amazon, eBay, and similar sites. The genuine C-A-T (Combat Application Tourniquet) made by North American Rescue, is favored and proven by Combat Medics, used in Stop The Bleed kits, and is deemed 100% effective by the U.S. Army Institute of Research. Special Operations Forces, many Federal Law Enforcement agencies, and countless Police Departments and State Patrols carry a CAT Tourniquet with them every day.

    How do you know if you are buying a “real” CAT Tourniquet?

    Many of the fake CAT Tourniquets appear legitimate and could pass a casual inspection. But they are not reliable due to the quality of materials used and the methods of production and assembly. Counterfeit tourniquets are known to fail — the windlass may break off in your hand or bend so that it cannot be secured, the buckle may fail, and internal stitching can come apart. If the tourniquet fails, severe bleeding will resume, endangering the injured person and decreasing their chance of survival.

    These fakes were more prevalent a few years ago, when the Generation 6 Combat Application Tourniquet was the latest version. Even Law Enforcement and First Responders were getting fooled by them. In 2013, New Hampshire first responders experienced a “catastrophic failure” when two counterfeit tourniquets failed at the scene of a motorcycle accident. Similar stories were alarmingly common at the time, and these things still happen, though not as frequently.

    When the CAT Generation 7 appeared, it made the counterfeiters’ jobs somewhat harder. The Gen 7 windlass is more robust and has deeper ribbing. There is a distinctive single-feed routing buckle with raised “CAT” lettering, which few, if any, fakes have been able to mimic very well. The same raised lettering appears on each end of the windlass, just below the ribbing. Perhaps the biggest “tell” is the sonic welding that binds the buckle to the strap. The majority of fakes are sewn, instead of having the sonic welds shown in the picture below.

    These are some of the first things you want to look for in a genuine Generation 7 Combat Application Tourniquet.

    CAT Gen 7

    Someone’s life may hang in the balance, so if you have a CAT Tourniquet in your IFAK or Trauma Kit, please spend a few minutes to assure yourself that it is the real item. If you are shopping or planning to shop for a tourniquet or a kit containing a CAT tourniquet, use a reputable, authorized dealer of North American Rescue products and avoid the discount resellers who populate Amazon, eBay, and other “bargain” websites.

    View Genuine CAT Tourniquets

    Expect to pay $27 - $39 for the genuine product. If you are paying less than $20, it is a near certainty that you are purchasing a counterfeit. With so much at stake, this is not the time to try to save a few dollars. If you have doubts or questions, please call us; we’re happy to help.

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