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    Donít buy tourniquets off Amazon and above all get the training. Having a good med kit is great, but worthless if you donít have the knowledge on how to use it.

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    Donít buy tourniquets off Amazon and above all get the training.
    Yes, and no, on tourniquets from Amazon. The problem is that many folks don't have a clue what they are buying. They see something that looks like a CAT tourniquet, but costs $7 instead of $29, and they buy it. There's also shady vendors that use CAT in the description to trip the keyword search. There are some legit vendors that sell authentic product on Amazon, but know the source. I get a lot of my stuff from Rescue Essentials, who also sells on Amazon now. When in doubt, buy direct from a known vendor.
    Fake CAT warnings...
    https://www.rescue-essentials.com/re...-fake-cat-tqs/
    https://medicalgearoutfitters.com/bl...at-tourniquets
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHbRW42-PB0

    Having a good med kit is great, but worthless if you donít have the knowledge on how to use it.
    100%. Like having a jack in the car, but no idea how it works.

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    The CAT 7 tourniquet is a marvelously simple device, applied over 30,000 times in military point of injury scenarios alone (20k of that is the CRASH 2 study alone). Through 7 generations, much of the development has focused on helping the windlass rod stand up to a hyped-up, 19 year-old, 200 lb. Military athlete who is trying to save his friend's life. That development is exactly what the 5 for $25 Amazon tourniquets do not have, and when the time comes, that stick will snap like a twig, resulting in uncontrolled catastrophic hemorrhage when the un-prepared, would-be rescuer has a "WTF?!?" moment with their broken, ineffective, fake tourniquet. Sounds like a hell of a sales hook, but don't let that be you!

    The following are approved by the US Military, and therefore are the best tourniquets for everyday life threatening hemorrhage as well:

    TMT Tourniquet Combat Medical. ...
    CAT Tourniquet Gen 7 by North American Rescue. ...
    TX2 and TX3 RevMedX. ...
    XT Tourniquet SAM Medical. ...
    SOF Tourniquet Gen 4 Tactical Medical Solutions.

    Note the absence of the RATS tourniquet. The military does not endorse it's use. Partially because it can potentially cause neuro-vascular injury, and partly because it can be fail-prone. Friends don't let friends...
    There's no "Team" in F**K YOU!

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    I think I've purchased all of my CAT6/7's from DSG Arms. I once bought off Amazon, but the font, packaging were all off. I promptly returned it.

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    The best way to survive a violent encounter is to be the one inflicting the most violence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    While the RMT is a TCCC recommended device, it doesn't have the exposure of the CAT or SOF-T. I've only seen training reviews, field deployments seem rare. I've been goofing around with the SAM XT, but no field deployments with it.

    ToCCC recommended list. https://learning-media.allogy.com/ap...bcce5/contents

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    Not trying to shill for them and I don’t get any $ nor am I affiliated in any way but North American rescue has been a medical equipment go-to for me:

    https://www.narescue.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Former11B View Post
    Not trying to shill for them and I donít get any $ nor am I affiliated in any way but North American rescue has been a medical equipment go-to for me:

    https://www.narescue.com/
    Good call. NAR is absolutely recognized as an industry leader for proven emergency medical gear.

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    NAR and Chinook Medical are my go-to's.
    There's no "Team" in F**K YOU!

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    I'll make another small plug for Dark Angel. Small company, veteran owned. Looks like they are running a 25% off sale.

    https://darkangelmedical.com/tourniquets/

    Not a full spectrum supplier like NAR and the focus more on trauma to include training. Wish they were coming back to WA soon.

    No affiliation, just have been pleased with them and their products. I keep a HEDR kit in my truck: https://darkangelmedical.com/headrest-trauma-kit/

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    One tip: please take the plastic wrapper off of the tourniquet before adding it to your kit. The last thing you want as your vision turns gray is to be fiddlefking with that wrapper with bloody hands.
    There's no "Team" in F**K YOU!

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    Another word of caution...the CAT tourniquet is not puppy proof. Apparently the ratchet is a great chew toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joelski View Post
    One tip: please take the plastic wrapper off of the tourniquet before adding it to your kit. The last thing you want as your vision turns gray is to be fiddlefking with that wrapper with bloody hands.
    Absolutely. I had this discussion last year with our FD and it was a light bulb moment. Diminished fine motor skills and hands covered in a slippery fluid make things interesting. Add in poor lighting, movement, noise, unknown threats...yup.

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