The Combat Application Tourniquet® is a small and light weight one-handed tourniquet that occludes arterial blood flow in an extremity. 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 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.
MAKE SURE YOU BUY A GENUINE C.A.T GEN7
Don't be fooled by a fake! There are cheap replicas out there, that cost less and look very similar. But saving money on a life saving tool is a nonsense. The last thing you need to happen is for your tourniquet to break when you are in a critical situation. Genuine C.A.T Tourniquets are made by C.A.T Resources and only supplied through licenced distributors. Pharmaco Emergency Care is the only licenced C.A.T GEN7 distributor in New Zealand. So give the imposters a miss and stay safe out there!
WHEN EVERY SECOND COUNTS
The C.A.T GEN7 includes a re-design of 6 key components.
WHO SHOULD USE A C.A.T GEN7
C.A.T Tourniquets are currently carried by Emergency First Responders in New Zealand. However more and more it is recognised that the C.A.T could be a lifesaving tool for anyone who comes across a situation where there is life-threatening bleeding. If you work in industries such as agriculture, forestry, or the building sector where there is the chance of a severe bleeding injury, we encourage you to “Carry a C.A.T”. Or if you enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hunting, having a CAT in your pack could save a life. Remember, if someone has severed a main artery they could bleed out in as little as 3 minutes.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
It is easy to apply the C.A.T Tourniquet. When facing a high stress situation, however, you should already know what to do, so take the time to practice in advance. Learn how to apply it one handed to yourself, or to another person's extremity. Multiple sessions on applying the C.A.T will build up muscle memory so when you are in a real high stress moment, your training will kick in and make the deployment much faster and easier. Just watch the videos and get practicing!