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Old 06-28-2020, 09:12 PM
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Just learned this week about all the slick, modern "gen 7" combat-style tourniquets.

When did this happen? I thoughTV we were still using triangle bandages and sticks/pens/etc.

And surprised to not see any make-your-own videos, from nylon webbing, like there are for kydex holsters, etc
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:37 PM
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When did this happen?
Shortly after the entire US Military (and all of our military allies) got engaged in the last 19 years of continuous battlefield trauma treatment. And began universal issue of (and training) with tourniquets.

Modern tourniquets are simply so far superior to improvised ones, that it's like comparing the accuracy of smooth bore muskets to modern assault rifles.

I wear a SOFT-W in a pouch on my belt for every day carry. Along with an Israeli T3 Pressure Dressing in a side cargo pocket. That tourniquet allows me to treat someone else... or myself... before bleeding out and losing consciousness. Fast and effective. No screwing around looking for improvised anything. Slip it on, pull it tight, twist the windlass a couple of turns, lock it down in the tourniquet's windlass catch. Done.

The average adult contains ~ 5 liters of blood. Upon the loss of even 20% ( about 2 pints) most people start to go into hemorrhagic shock. The onset of this shock will happen quickly, as the body can bleed out in 60 – 120 seconds. Meaning, that with a major arterial bleed, somewhere around the 1-2 minute mark... you first pass out, then rapidly die.

Here's a good example. Guy gets shot in leg (unlucky hit to femoral artery). In 40 seconds he's done. Bled out and blacked out. It can happen that fast.


A professional quality CAT-7 or SOFT-W tourniquet, rapidly applied, might just be the difference between living or dying... if applied quickly enough. They're designed to be deployed and applied fast... when seconds count.

The very best available cost a whole $30. Dirt cheap in the grand scheme of things.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:49 PM
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Limb loss or die. The new stuff should help lower the limb loss some IF you can get proper help in time.
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Improvised is for when your in church ,office or a pool and emergency response will be there soon. There is no real good makeshift one compared to a modern tourniquet.
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Old 07-19-2020, 01:35 PM
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Very true, no comparison at all. Even so, sometimes a tshirt or two is enough to stopgap real medical care. Not ideal but servicable in the short term. I keep a couple in every bag and car trunk, in ziplocks. Cheap at Goodwill. Almost as versitile as duct tape. So are socks, wool socks. Learned both those tricks from the oldtimers back when.
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