The Gen 7 CAT tourniquet from North American Rescue (NAR) is a one-handed tourniquet and the most recently upgraded model used by the U.S. Army, and proven extremely effective at stopping life-threatening external bleeding.
It works by way of a durable windlass system with a free-moving internal band that applies pressure uniformly around the circumference of the extremity.
When it’s fully tightened, the bleeding stops and the windlass locks into place. That’s when you secure a hook-and-loop windlass retention strap to keep the pressure on the wound on until you can get to a hospital.
Additionally, the compact, nylon tourniquet weighs just 2 ounces and its 5.6-inch by 17.8-inch by 6.4-inch frame packs easily into any carry-on suitcase, purse, or backpack.
Buy: Combat Application Tourniquet ($20.00)
North American Rescue (Greer, South Carolina)