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.
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, 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.
Pressure Dressing: The SWAT-T can and should be used as a pressure dressing,when hemorrhage is to be 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.
Elastic Bandage: 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.
Background: The SWAT-T was developed by a former Operator/Medic with 14 years experience in Operational Medicine -former USAF Para-rescue Journeyman (Para-Jumper or PJ)), Contractor DOJ/FBI SWAT Operations, National Registry Paramedic, and Emergency Medicine Physician.
Package Dimensions: 6" H x 3" W x 1/2" D
Product dimensions (before stretch): 4" x 56"
Weight: 4 oz
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 recommendedDurability Testing
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.
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Carrying one of these is so easy. They are compact. Use it as a tourniquet or pair it with some H&H Primed gauze and you get a super compact pressure bandage too. Take it out of the package and wrap it around a few supplies to make a compact kit out of it. These are cheap enough and compact enough to throw some in every car, in a bag you carry regularly and a desk at work. They may not be the most effective tourniquet or the perfect pressure bandage, but they cover lots of aspects in a small, inexpensive package so you have them when you need them.
Watched the demo/training videos in preparation, though I hope to never need to use this. I like that these are compact, durable, and can be used to dress a wound/bandage or as a tourniquet.
You need to carry one but space and weight is a factor, this is the answer
Easy for lay person to use. Marking define pressure dressing vs when applied as tourniquet.
I got these for the size and ease of carrying. I carry one with me at all time to replace the CAT that I used to carry. The others are in my First Responder Bags. I haven't had a chance to use one yet.
While doing contract work overseas I used several of these on multiple injured patients. Without these the injured would have expired. These are a life saver. I highly recommend SWAT-T in their med kits. It's combat tested and Proven.
WAY cheaper than other types, and is small and compact. It can be used for several applications.
For 10$ you can't beat this. I've put it on myself a few times and once you get the hang of it, it works just as well as the 30$ ones.
The SWAT T is a great product. It's less painful to the patient, can be used as a pressure dressing, and can be easily carried in a pocket, bag, whatever. The only thing that I do not like about the SWAT T is the leaning curve. They are not as easy to apply as the video's make them seem. (I am referring to self aid) In my opinion the SWAT T would be perfect if you knew someone would always be with you to administer the TQ. I have also noticed that they can be hard to manipulate if the area is wet or the users hands are wet, etc. I personally carried a SWAT for several years as part of my EDC then made the swap to the TK4. I still carry SWAT T's in several of my kits.