The SWAT-Tourniquet is a unique and multipurpose dressing. Its name provides a description for usage Stretch, Wrap, and Tuck, but also the communities for whom it was developed - military and civilian Special Weapons and Tactics teams. These teams operate in an environment that has a high incidence of penetrating trauma, and most (two-thirds) of preventable deaths in the operational environment are from extremity bleeding.
The SWAT-Tourniquet allows a more rapid means to control extremity bleeding and allows application higher into the groin and axilla than other tourniquets. Its ease of application is one of its greatest benefits; individuals can effectively apply it in seconds with little to no prior training. At a third of the cost and weight of other combat used tourniquets, this tourniquet should find its way forward with every tactical operator.
The SWAT-T is a latex-free multipurpose device!
Other tourniquets are a one-use device. As we know the operational environment requires personnel and equipment to be both durable and versatile.
The SWAT-T is a durable tourniquet. It has been advanced aged and heat/cold tested.
This device will not fail!
The SWAT-T's shelf life is a minimum of 7 years.
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, and for up to 6 hours without problems. 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.
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) then wrap the SWAT-T around the extremity. 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.
The SWAT-T can and should be used as an elastic bandage (example: ACE Wrap ). 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.
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.
Physical Properties of the SWAT-T and durability testing
Minimum recommended operating temp. -65° F (-53° C)
Maximum recommended operating temp. 180° F (82° C)
Preferred long-term storage conditions cool and dry environment.
Electrical Resistivity - excellent
Dielectric Strength - excellent
Water Resistance - excellent
Abrasion Resistance - excellent
Resiliency - excellent
Alkali - good
Oxidation - good
Heat Aging Resistance - good
Acid (dilute)- good
Acid (concentrate) - fair
Gas Permeability - fair
Petroleum Products - not recommended
Cyclic loading occurred at > 5000 cycles of 250% strain. This test yielded results that were similar between the pre-stretched trial and after 5000 stretches (at 250% strain).
This testing is well beyond what is needed for the SWAT-T to function as a tourniquet.
The SWAT-T has been tested to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and frozen for weeks. The SWAT-T has been brought to 212 degrees (in boiling water) and allowed to cool to room temperature.
Heat and cold tested devices performed well immediately after removal from their respective environments.
***While durable and multi-purpose, the SWAT-T is still a medical device and should be treated as such. Damaged or soiled devices should be discarded (bio-hazard if soiled). Training should be accomplished with a device dedicated for training.
Durability testing results
Posted by RC in Texas on 30th Oct 2013
A great addition to all of our first aid kits
Posted by Tom Borders on 28th May 2013
as a former medic i was very surprised by the
fast response to my order for several SWAT-T
tourniquet. we had seen them demonstrated at the
Ft.Wayne SWAT Conference and were immediately impressed with the ease of application and the fact it can do triple duty.i have these and a sof-t in my bag and on my gear for ERT.
Posted by Steve in Kansas on 24th May 2013
I'm not a medic and I've seen the effectiveness of the SWAT-T debated online. But without a doubt, having one is much better than not having anything except a handkerchief. I slipped this into my pocket thinking I would put it into my car first aid kit. Then I forgot it was there and carried it around for two days. It is thin enough to ride in the same pocket as my iPhone when wearing slacks or khakis. Tighter pants might be a problem but you get the idea about how thin it is. I don't know if the packaging would hold up to carrying it in your pocket for several months so another carrying spot would be a good idea, but cargo pants, a sport coat pocket, or a pouch of an EDC bag would all make good locations. Cheap enough to get two or three for different locations.
Posted by Mike on 12th Apr 2013
I have several of the SWAT-T tourniquets in various kits. I think they are one of the best options for a TQ because they are light, compact and inexpensive. They easily fit into a pants pocket or the trauma plate pouch on soft body armor.