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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 R.A.T.S. Tourniquet is designed to be a Rapid Application Tourniquet that can quickly and easily be applied to yourself or others. With speed and access to this tourniquet, responding to a bleeding injury may mean the difference between surviving or not from a serious injury in the field.
The North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) is noted as the best prehospital tourniquet in the world in the February 2008 supplement of The Journal of Trauma. With tests by the US Army's Institute of Surgical Research showing the C-A-T being proven to be 100% effective the C-A-T has been the Official Tourniquet of the US Army since 2005.