SWAT-Tourniquet is a unique, latex-free, multipurpose
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
Other tourniquets are a one-use device. As we know
the operational environment requires personnel and equipment to be both
durable and versatile.
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.
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.
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
The ovals = circles, rectangle = squares
are symbols on the device. They symbolize a 200% strain on the device
and enough for arterial occlusion. This is an additional tool to prevent
the non-medic type from putting on a tourniquet when they are trying to
apply it as a pressure dressing. The back of the label is a treatment
card that also tells users to check the distal pulse after application
of it as a pressure dressing.
Durability and Reliability
The SWAT "T" Tourniquet has been tested in bloody, sandy, dirty, wet
(etc), conditions. The elastomer was developed to adhere well to itself
and lessen slippage. Even with some movement, the SWAT-T tourniquet
will maintain itself as a TQ. It is also reusable unless soiled or
damaged. The testing done on this device showed no significant change
in the device with 5000 pulls to a force much greater than needed to
make a tourniquet.
If someone used it to ice a knee, wrap and ankle and later wanted to
use it for a tourniquet/pressure dressing there should be no problem in
the device’s performance.
NOTE: It has been found that the device should be kept in its
packaging to prevent nicks and scrapes that could cause the device to tear.