Tourniquets, Haemostatic Dressings and using BSi Critical Injury Kits

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CAT Tourniquets

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Comprehensive Guide to Using the C-A-T Tourniquet

Explore the effective application of the C-A-T (Combat Application Tourniquet), a vital tool in emergency bleeding control available in high-visibility orange and tactical black.

Key Features of the C-A-T Tourniquet

The C-A-T tourniquet, distinguished by its ratchet system, facilitates rapid, secure application for hemorrhage control in limbs, suitable for both self-application and responder use.

Design and Variants

  • Visibility: Orange for high visibility, black for tactical discretion.
  • Application Mechanism: Velcro and ratchet system for secure and adjustable fitting.

Application Instructions

Wrap around the limb, tighten using the Velcro strap, then secure further with the ratchet. Mark the time of application on the white tab for hospital staff reference.

Proper Application Techniques

Ensure the tourniquet is tightened to full occlusion. If bleeding persists, reassess tightness, and consider additional measures like a second tourniquet or a haemostatic dressing.

Self-Application Tips

The C-A-T's design supports efficient self-application. Practice on non-human models to hone your technique without causing harm.

Important Considerations

  • Do Not Remove: Once applied, the tourniquet should only be removed by medical professionals.
  • Practice Safely: Use non-living models for practice to avoid injury.

Maintenance and Resetting

After practice, ensure the tourniquet is properly reset and ready for real-life use. Stretch out the material to lay flat and secure neatly for immediate accessibility.

Understanding and correctly applying the C-A-T tourniquet can significantly enhance survival in emergencies involving severe bleeding.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO3.1, 3.2, 3.3 & 3.4