A tourniquet, at a minimum, is something that we all should carry. However, if you are going to practice successfully applying your tourniquet, you must use a dedicated practice tourniquet and not your "real world" one.
CAT (Gen 7) Trainer
No longer the last resort, the Gen 7 CAT is the most widely-fielded tourniquet in combat theatres. Quick, effective and easy to apply with one or both hands. Single-Use only. Length: 6.5" Width: 2.4" Weight: 2.7 oz. From the North American Rescue website: "The C-A-T® GEN 7 has a single routing buckle system that (1) allows for extremely fast application and effective slack removal (2) Simplified training with single protocol directions for all applications. 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.
C-A-T® Gen 7 Requirements Driven Enhancements:
Single Routing Buckle
- Faster application and effective slack removal resulting in decreased blood loss and fewer windlass turns to achieve arterial occlusion
- Simplified training with single protocol directions for all applications
- Increased diameter for enhanced strength
- Aggressive ribbing for improved grip
- Bilateral beveled entry for rapid windlass lock
- Bilateral buttress for added strength
- Sonic welded to clip for constant contact
- Color changed to Gray for tactical considerations (Black C-A-T Only)
- Reinforced, beveled contact bar maintains the plate's integrity and decreases skin pinching"
Don't use your actual TQs for practice. I have put the practice TQ through hundreds of reps, tightening, resetting, stretching, etc, still works like new and maintains the integrity of my first line gear. 10/10 recommend.
I’ve been using this to get my 9 year old daughter to learn how to apply a tourniquet at random moments. I’ll just toss it to her and tell her where I’m “injured” and start to give her some pressure to get it on quick. Just in a week or so of doing that her confidence has started to increase and she is starting to realize that if something bad happens while we are hunting or out riding horses she has the capability to help solve the problem.
What is the point in buying medical gear that you are going to trust your life with and then not practice? What is the point of buy gear and then weakening it through practice? Buy the good stuff and buy this. Practice with the blue one and stuff the other ones everywhere for that terrible day when you need it.
Owning a tourniquet is useless if you don't train to use one - training with your carry tourniquet degrades its performance potential. Purchase a trainer and use it.
The Training CAT is well made, I was able to use it as soon as I opened the package. Very good instructions. I will recommend this to coworkers, family and friends.
Excellent trainer. Used to teach wife basics of TQ application. Both to others (mainly me) and herself. We recently relocated to a more rural area where EMS response time is minimum of 30 minutes. (When seconds count, they’re minutes away). Trainer has given her the confidence to apply properly and use for real, if ever necessary.
These are excellent tools to train and teach with! Highly recommended!
This is the same as the regular tourniquet except for the color. You do not want to use your main tourniquet to practice with, so having a 'trainer' is the best practice. Bright blue color makes it easy to keep track of. Highly recommend.
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