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 confirmed that the C-A-T completely occluded blood flow when there was substantial hemorrhaging.
The C-A-T utilizes a robust windlass system with a patented free-moving internal band providing circumferential pressure to the extremity. The tourniquet ceases blood flow once the windlass is secured and adequately tightened. A hook and loop windlass retention strap is then applied, securing the windlass to maintain pressure during casualty evacuation. The C-A-T’s exceptional dual securing system is simplified by avoiding the use of clips and screws which under pressure can become difficult to operate.
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.