The SWAT-T tourniquet is designed as a multi-function piece of first response medical equipment. SWAT stands for Stretch, Wrap, And Tuck. The SWAT-T can and should be used as a tourniquet. It also functions like an ACE bandage and can be used to hold dressings in place. Out of the wrapper, the SWAT-T looks like a rolled piece of rubber. Upon unrolling it, instructions are printed on the SWAT-T. These instructions advise the user when the SWAT-T is being stretched tight enough to stop circulation making a tourniquet. This is a useful feature when dealing with a patient that cannot provide feedback. Testing the SWAT-T revealed that it takes little practice for an operator to correctly apply it on himself one-handed. As advertised, the SWAT –T has many uses including: tourniquet, applying pressure dressings, immobilizing body parts, as an ACE bandage, securing IV tubing to an arm when tape won’t stick (I.E. wet environments), as a makeshift constricting band for IV’s, and many other uses. To use the SWAT-T as a tourniquet, the operator winds the strip around itself, pulling to achieve the proper tension, and then tucking the running end under the wrapped portion. This requires little to no use of fine motor skills, allowing the SWAT-T to be applied by those in shock or suffering the rapid heartbeat associated with stress. As a tourniquet, when applied correctly, the reduction of blood flow was measured by the tester through the absence of pulses distal to the SWAT-T. The multiple uses, simple design, compactness, and function of the SWAT-T make it a useful addition to any operator’s personal gear, and any tactical medical kit.

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