Outside military conflict, severe bleeding accounts for greater than 35% of pre-hospital deaths and nearly 40% of deaths within the first 24 hours of injury.
Recent intentional attacks (Hartford, Las Vegas, Parkland, and others) have highlighted the threat posed by severe bleeding. Such attacks have occurred in high traffic locations such as schools, theaters, malls, universities, churches, and concert venues. Military bases have suffered these attacks as well...with 35 killed, and 57 wounded since 2000.
The importance of early hemorrhage control, along with rapid identification of immediately correctible causes of death, has proven to save lives, and has evolved into a cornerstone of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). This knowledge has already been adapted by the civilian groups such as the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC), and is becoming standard practice for civilian law enforcement, as well as tactical and emergency medical services teams worldwide.
Easy to Apply.
Application is one of the greatest benefits of the SWAT-T™; individuals can effectively apply it in seconds with little to no prior training.
Low Cost and Compact.
At 1/3 of the cost and less weight of other arterial tourniquets, every tactical operator and pre-hospital provider should carry a SWAT-T™.
The SWAT-T™ 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.
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.
USE AS TOURNIQUET
When bleeding is severe (arterial) and loss of life is of greatest concern.
Stretch for tourniquet-place above the wound (between wound and heart). Wrap tightly, ensuring ovals/rectangles change to circle/squares. And Tuck. (Pre-plan the tuck for best results)
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.
USE AS PRESSURE DRESSING
When hemorrhage is controlled or for venous and capillary oozing.
Wrap the SWAT-T™ over hemostatic agent or sterile dressing then tuck or tape the end to maintain pressure, 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.
USE AS ELASTIC BANDAGE
When you need to hold ice near sprains and strains, stabilize a twisted knee/ankle, sling a shoulder, among hundreds of other applications.
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.
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