FR: High Axillary Application
It Was Soaked In Blood And Held Great, Plenty Of Friction. Successful Application, Bleeding Terminated.
White Male falls through glass table, severing brachial/axillary artery. EMS arrives at Trauma Center with critically ill pt actively hemorrhaging.
Bleeding continues through failed pressure dressing. Trauma team attempts to apply a blood pressure cuff for tourniquet, but this fails due to proximity of wound to axilla/shoulder. SWAT-T™ handed to trauma surgery resident physician (not previously familiar with the device). Saphenous vein graph and repair in the operating room.
A special thanks to Dr. Sydney Vail (Trauma Surgeon) and his staff for their lifesaving skills, and for providing this report so that we may all learn from and celebrate their success!
[2016 – to date, 3 successful SWAT-T applications after windlass failures in the high axillary region]