US combat tourniquet gets update
An updated version of the Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) has been introduced as ‘Generation 7’, the US Army announced on 12 October.
Soldiers carry CAT in the field as part of emergency care for wounded soldiers.
The older Generation 6 CAT is a small, lightweight torniquet designed to completely stop arterial blood flow from an injured limb, preventing exsanguination, which is the most common cause of preventable death amongst wounded soldiers.
Deployed soldiers will soon begin to receive the updated CAT. The updated version features a single-routing buckle through which soldiers feed the tourniquet belt before tightening it with the windlass - a textured black rod. In comparison, the Generation 6 model has two slots on the buckle and can be used to either double-route or single-route the belt.
The single-slot buckle of the new generation is designed for easier and faster application, but both versions are effective and both will now be in use.
Both versions have been tested by the army and navy, and army medics have been trained on both versions.
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