Uses for SWAT-T™
The SWAT-T’s main use is as a tourniquet, when bleeding is severe (arterial) and loss of life is the greatest concern.
The SWAT-T can be used as a pressure dressing when hemorrhage is controlled or for venous and capillary oozing.
The SWAT-T can be used to splint an extremity to the body, other leg, or to a rigid object for immobilization.
The SWAT-T™ in Action
Self Application Arm
SWAT T Instructional
Yes, the SWAT-T has been extensively tested from a durability standpoint, and detailed biocompatibility tested as well. It has been stretched to >200% strain x 5000 revolutions with no deformation in the properties. Frozen, boiled, and in the field from Antarctica (Vinson Massif) to Afghanistan; the SWAT-T will function well in any environment.
Low cost, intuitive (less training), low weight/space, safer pressures, less painful than other tourniquets, and effectiveness on all limb sizes. We firmly feel the SWAT-T can perform as good as, or better than, the competition while providing additional treatment solutions
Yes, there are multiple independent (not company-sponsored) studies looking at the SWAT-Tʼs effectiveness. Read more here (link out to the research page).
Yes, referenced above, there have been several comparison trials. The biggest was a study published in Military Medicine - 2013, comparing the SWAT-T to the CAT (Combat Applications Tourniquet - the most distributed tourniquet to the military). The SWAT-T performed very well and actually was superior to the CAT in many areas (including ease of use, effectiveness, and safety). The SWAT-T did not reach the dangerous occlusion and completion pressure seen with the strap style tourniquet, and the SWAT-T was completely effective. The author of this study also made some novel insight into strap/windlass style tourniquets - “these will lose significant pressure as tissue beneath the tourniquet relaxes.” No other research has looked into this problem, and the researcher found the properties of the SWAT-T prevented this phenomenon from occurring.
In recently released, K9TCCC guidelines, SWAT-T is the only tourniquet type to be recommended for use in trauma sustained by working dogs.
We are seeing increased interest in the military in numerous areas. Some as tourniquets (often secondary as they have issued windlass tourniquets) but many as pressure dressings (over their hemostatic agent or gauze) or as a tourniquet for working canine or pediatrics...where many feel the SWAT-T is far superior.
Customer Quote: “If I carry 2-4 of the same type of tourniquet...I limit myself to any/all problems seen with that one device.” There is no single perfect solution.
The biggest challenge we see is easily overcome with brief training. One-handed application. The SWAT-T can be applied one-handed - with ease, but like every tourniquet, this requires some added training.
Here is our instructional video for one-handed application.
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