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Generation of C-A-T Tourniquets

Discussion in 'Army & Security Forces' started by Tanakaskull, Feb 11, 2020.

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  1. Tanakaskull

    Tanakaskull New Member

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    I'm investigating the generation of C-A-T tourniquets used by the US Army.

    I know about Gen7 to Gen5, but I don't know about Gen4 and earlier.
    What are the features of Gen1, Gen2, Gen3, and Gen4?

    I'd like to ask for your help.
     
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    I would recommend reach contacting North American Rescue directly here, as the C-A-T is their product. I do know a few of the changes which have been made between different generations, but I do not know which generations the changes occurred. For instance, the plastic windlass rod has apparently increased in diameter to increase strength. I do know at one point, in one of the earlier generations, the windless rod had been made from steel, but they were changed to plastic to make it easier to take x-rays and use other diagnostic kit that does not work so well with magnetic and/or RF-opaque materials.
     
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    Thank you.

    I asked NAR and they only told me the difference between Gen7 and Gen6.

    You say there are “steel windlass ”, but is this a very old generation?
    Is it okay to think of the “steel windlass ” as a Gen1?
     
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    Honestly I am uncertain what CAT generations had a steel rod in place of the current plastic one, though it was one (or perhaps several) of the earlier ones. A friend of mine stated his preference for the steel, which was apparently no longer available by mid-2015. It might every well have only been the first generation, or it might have been in the first few generations.