R.A.T.S. Tourniquet

The Rapid Application Tourniquet System (R.A.T.S.) is another style of extremity hemorrhage control marketed to soldiers and police officers.  It consists of a 1/2″ flat bungee cord and aluminum cleat.  The instructions below are pretty self explanatory.

tourniquetinstructionsI normally carry a CAT tourniquet in a T.U.C. Rig on my support side (left) ankle.  I also have a SWAT-T tourniquet that I have carried behind the trauma plate of my soft body armor.  Another option is a SOF-Tactical or SOF-T tourniquet that I purchased before my agency issued the CAT’s.

Regardless of the type, it is necessary for each officer to practice, practice, practice with your tourniquet.  Under stress is not the time to figure out how the damn thing works!  I hope all of you find one you trust and carry it daily on duty.


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