Hopefully, by this point, we don’t need to discuss if arterial tourniquets are safe or effective. Something I wanted to discuss and demonstrate is the self-application of the SOFTT-W Tourniquet. This blog is only really relevant for those working in tactical or high threat environments. Sorry non-tac people…..
As most people are aware, the SOFTT-W is one of the two tourniquets recommended by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (the other being the CAT). It is an excellent tourniquet for a number of reasons, but there is always a lot of discussion on the self-application of the SOFTT-W when comparing to the CAT.
We are strong advocates of people working in the tactical environment(both military and law enforcement) being confident and competent in applying a tourniquet to themselves single handed. This skill may save their life one day. BUT…. In playing the devil’s advocate, it’s my view that too many people place too much emphasis on single handed self-application. This needs to be taken into context and here are a few points:
In regards to the self-application of the SOFTT-W, here are a few of our tips:
Watch the video below for more on the application and tips!
Also, the manufacturer of the SOFTT-W, Tactical Medical Solutions, have just released an improvement to the buckle of the SOFTT-W that will make single-handed application easier! We’ll do an updated video when we get the new version.