The 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
proved that the C-A-T® completely occluded blood flow of an extremity in
the event of a traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage.
The C-A-T® utilizes a durable windlass system with a free-moving
internal band providing true circumferential pressure to the extremity.
Once adequately tightened, bleeding will cease and the windlass is
locked into place. A Hook and Loop strap is then applied, securing the
windlass to maintain pressure during casualty evacuation. The C-A-T®’s
unique dual securing system avoids the use of screws and clips which can
become difficult to operate under survival stress or where fine motor
skills are compromised.
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.
Single Route Buckle for faster application, decreased blood loss, allows rescuer to effectively remove slack from
tourniquet with fewer windlass turns to control bleeding.Reinforced windlass rod with increased diameter for enhanced strength and aggressive ribbing for improved gripBilateral windlass clip for rapid windlass lock and bilateral buttress for added strengthReinforced stabilization plate with beveled contact bar, beveled edges to reduce patient discomfort on applicationSignature red elliptical tip (Red Tip Technology®) provides visual cue during application
Patented free-moving internal band for true evenly distributed circumferential pressure
Official Tourniquet of the U.S. ArmyUsed by both conventional and Special Operation forces
Proven to be 100% effective in occluding blood flow in both
upper & lower extremities by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical