Noted as the best pre-hospital 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.