TOURNIQET, TOURNIQUET, TURNIKE…

How do you spell that? Does it save lives? I’m not sure but it is coming back in a big way. Prior research discrediting the tourniquet was based on badly placed or badly designed cuffs that caused injuries or resulted in poor hemostasis

New studies and anecdotal evidence from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could mean the tourniquet is making it’s comeback.

Some soliders even wear their tourniquets already when leaving their bases in case they get in trouble.

This is the model we use at the HEMS we are currently working at. It’s called the MAT (Mechanical Advantage Tourniqet) and was developed by a company named Cybertech in cooperation with american special forces units.

It was required to be light, it had to be able to be applied with one arm only and should be able to occlude blood flow within one minute.

Read about it here.

 

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