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Just saw this new item at Blackheart International. Interesting concept, and I am all for smaller, lighter, and better. But I want to wait till I hear some feedback from medical SMIs.
Price will be 9.95 when they are back in stock.
I am curious how the width of the cord impacts the efficiency of the device.
Granted, things have changed a great deal since my days as a paramedic. We were still using leeches and incantations then. I do remember this new thing called "gauze".
But I do recall a stated desire that TQ straps be at least an inch wide. But if you wrapped the bungee correctly, you might get that inch.
Thanks for the heads up on the new gear, and stay safe. I hope you get to watch the Red River shootout today. ;)
Like SeriousStudent, my understanding of effective tourniquets require a little width for the strap. Screwing around a little with my CAT touni, which has a fairly wide strap, I'd hate to imagine the strap being any narrower.
Recognizing that anything is better than bleeding to death, I, too find the OD of the bungee strap small. TQs should be at least 1" wide to provide effective compression, and prevent the circumferential tissue damage a smaller strap does.
I know I would not be able to get them cleared for field trials in EMS.
Last resort/contingency personal use only.
Depends on the material, surgical tubing has long been accepted as an effective tourniquet when wrapped around a limb a sufficient number of times. If you can pull it tight enough (like surgical tubing not automotive bungee cords) you merely have to wrap it a sufficient number of times to create a 1-2" pressure surface. The bigger question is whether or not you can quickly and efficiently place it into service one handed, and does it have an acceptably small footprint when stowed.
It looks too narrow to me. I would pass on that.
Seems as though you wrap it a couple times effectively increasing the surface area. Seems pretty fast but not quite as fast as some that you can leave in place on your limbs and deploy them when they're needed.
I'd pass. That thin, the risk of tissue damage is too high IMO.
Something like the SWAT Tourniquet or the H&H TOuniquik 4 would be a better, low cost, small size, option without the risks.
I know guys that have been carrying bungee TQs for years now. They aren't terribly dissimilar to the rubber tubing TQ that was suggested for military issue as far back as 1945 and was recommended for issue within the Canadian military in late 2004.
Cause it works. Its cheap, simple, effective, and readily available. (used to be)
What it is NOT is easy to apply one handed. It is only effective for treating others.
And again the size of the tubing is not a concern. You wrap it 4-5 times around the limb creating a diffuse pressure surface rather than simply pulling it tight enough to pinch off the blood flow.
Just because it works as a tourniquet doesnt make it a good choice for taking care of yourself if you get hit.
I would say it is not any smaller than the H&H TK-4 which is wider, cheaper, tested and proven.
I keep TK-4s in my gear along with SOFT-Ts.
Width of tq is important to reduce tissue damage, I would imagine that BHI would argue that by making multiple wraps you can lay the cord by itself to enlarge the footprint on the limb. My issue though is that the BHI has to have multiple wraps to establish that footprint and the TK-4 has that footprint with a single wrap. If you are applying the TQ high on the leg you may not get enough wraps to have a good sized footprint thus increasing your chance for underlying tissue damage.
Just some things to think about.
I've never seen that product used much less used it myself. It may work great. However it seems like bungee might have trouble applying enough pressure to stop a really bad bleed. I'll be sticking with my CAT's and SOF-T's for now.
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