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Here are the Details on the New Combat Tourniquet

Makers of the Combat Application Tourniquet™ have updated the design of the widely used tourniquet.

The update has resulted in two different versions of the tourniquet currently in use in the field, though both have the same national stock number (NSN 6515-01-521-7976). Deployed Soldiers may soon receive the updated version and wonder how to use it.

"When you need to actually use a tourniquet is the wrong time to figure out which version you have and how to use it," advised Jason Harrington, Army Medical Materiel Agency's nurse consultant with the Medical Devices Program Management Office

"Soldiers need to look at their tourniquets and become familiar with the version they have been issued by carefully reading the printed instructions that come with each CAT."

The older version of the tourniquet, "Generation 6," which was developed through research at the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, is a small, lightweight tourniquet designed to completely stop arterial blood flow from an injured limb.

Exsanguination (i.e. bleeding to death) is the most common cause of potentially survivable death for wounded warfighters. So every Soldier carries a CAT on the battlefield to provide life-saving care to themselves or a fellow Soldier.

The update version of the CAT, "Generation 7," features a single-routing buckle through which Soldiers feed the tourniquet belt before tightening it with the windlass (a textured black rod).

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