A tourniquet is not a device, it is a philosophy! A philosophy that when used in the pre-hospital setting has saved thousands of lives in the past decade. Commercial tourniquets have proven to be superior to improvised, but whatever your planned intervention we know that we all have to “See Something, Do Something” and “Stop The Bleed”. Many tourniquets have the ability to achieve arterial occlusion and some tourniquets have unique advantages. For this article we will talk about the – Stretch Wrap and Tuck – Tourniquet, also known as SWAT-T.
Image courtesy of SWAT-T Facebook Page
With 40+ case reports from the field and 10+ published research studies and credible testimonies, we will specifically speak to where the SWAT-T has proven advantage over the windlass / strap / ratchet style tourniquets:
- Offers occlusion at lower / safer pressures
- Equally effective at achieving occlusion, and more effective at maintaining occlusion
- Effective with significantly less pain (due to circumferential distribution of pressure)
The SWAT-T has saved lives after windlass/strap failures in: