Ease of application is one of the greatest benefits of the SWAT-T™; individuals can effectively apply it in seconds with little to no prior training. Simply SWAT - Stretch, Wrap, And Tuck.
The SWAT-T or SWAT tourniquet will treat a variety of injuries, minor to life-threatening. The SWAT-T™ is being carried by Military (Conventional and Special Operations medical and non-medical personnel), EMS, Law Enforcement Officers, Contractors, Federal Agents, and prepared citizens (individually or as part of active shooter kits). Carried by many as a pressure dressing, all-purpose wrap, primary and/or back-up tourniquet.
We do not purchase knock-off products. Our SWAT tourniquets are purchased directly from the current manufacturer of the product (the original company was sold to H&H, which was just now acquired by an even larger company July 2021).
Tourniquet: A tourniquet is to be applied when bleeding is severe (arterial) and loss of life is of greatest concern. In most patients tourniquets have proven to be safe for a minimum of two hours. When used properly all tourniquets may cause loss of limb. This is a necessary risk, to bring our patients home at the end of the day.
Pressure Dressing: The SWAT-T™ can and should be used as a pressure dressing - when hemorrhage is controlled or for venous and capillary oozing. Place your sterile dressing (or standard gauze / hemostatic dressing) then wrap the SWAT-T™ around the area of injury. You can then tuck or tape the end, which will maintain pressure on the wound (preventing further contamination and re-bleeding). If the endpoints are met on the dressing you may have a tourniquet and should check for good blood return in the extremity (pulse and capillary refill), or you risk the complications associated with all tourniquets. Pressure dressings should be left in place until definitive wound management can be accomplished.
Elastic Bandage: The SWAT-T™ can and should be used as an elastic bandage. Use the dressing to hold ice near sprains and strains, stabilize a twisted knee/ankle, or to sling a shoulder. The dressing can also be used to loosely apply pressure across the chest or abdomen. This can be to help close and protect wounds, contain abdominal contents in evisceration, or to assist in stabilization of the pelvis in blunt pelvic trauma. The SWAT-T™ can be used to splint an extremity to the body, other leg, or to a rigid object for immobilization.
Dressing: The SWAT can hold gauze and bandage pads over wounds gently in place. The SWAT can be reused after cleaning with a gentle cleanser.
What research tested and field proven arterial tourniquet has also been used to:
sling a shoulder, splint a leg fracture, occlude an axillary sucking chest wound, splint a pelvic injury, function as an elastic wrap and pressure dressing? The SWAT-T has!
Hint 1: It is also the same multifunction trauma care device that has been used to create a snare, create a Hawaiian sling, patch a kayak, mend a ski boot binding, patch a leaking fire hose on a fire scene, and mend a boot (sole separating on rugged hike).
Hint 2: It is also the same low cost and light weight device that has saved pediatric, adult, and canine patients after failures of other leading commercial tourniquets.
Background:The SWAT-T™ was developed by a former Operator/Medic with 14 years experience in Operational Medicine -former USAF Pararescue Journeyman (Para-Jumper or PJ), Contractor DoJ/FBI SWAT Operations, National Registry Paramedic, and Emergency Medicine Physician.
Biocompatibility tested and FDA registered
ISO 9001 Certified
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I chose this tourniquet because I have grandchildren and pets. The others I have are best for adults. It also has other uses such as use as a pressure applicator over a dressing.
The unexpected part of using the SWAT-T is the icons. This allows for international use when there is a language barrier. One use we use the house unit is as a compression bandage for excessive bleeding for 10-15 minutes. Sorry that I can't elaborate on the situation.