The following is a video transcript.
There are many different types of tourniquets on the market, but not all of them are created equal because they all have different functions. Some are designed to be low-pressure tourniquets, like what you see in a doctor’s office when blood is drawn. Others are designed to be high-pressure tourniquets that completely stop bleeding in an extremity.
Obviously, you want the high-pressure tourniquet in any type of traumatic situation. When looking online, manufacturers rarely mention any type of scientific study or data that indicates that their tourniquets actually work in a life-threatening situation.
Fortunately, the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) has already done this research for you and has made recommendations on the tourniquets for use in the battlefield and for dealing with these life-threatening bleeding situations.
Currently, this committee is recommending the Combat Application Tourniquet or “CAT” tourniquet and the Special Operations Forces Tactical Tourniquet, or “SOFT-T” for use by the military. Now, there’s also a third tourniquet, the Ratcheting Medical Tourniquets, or “RMT,” which has been recently developed and has also been testing very well.
However, there are multiple suppliers making counterfeit versions of the CAT and the SOFT-T. They might be cheap, and they may look similar, but the failure rate is high due to faulty manufacturing and cheaper components, so you want to avoid these at all costs. Cheaper is never better when it comes to buying a device that your life may depend upon.
And that’s why U.S. LawShield has teamed up with North American Rescue to put together a U.S. LawShield Gunshot Wound First Aid Kit that includes two CAT tourniquets as well as the other medical supplies that we talk about in our course that you will need.
So now that you know where to get the tourniquet and where to get the medical supplies, let’s learn how to properly use it. So, get certified with our online first aid course for gunshot wounds through the U.S. LawShield 2A Institute and we will teach you the specifics on the application of a tourniquet and other critical life-saving techniques.
It’s up to you. So, take the initiative. Pursue the knowledge and learn those critical skills that are necessary to keep yourself and those around you alive until help arrives.