The American Red Cross has announced a brand licensing partnership for the SOF® Tactical Tourniquet – Wide in a flagship effort to teach bystanders how to control serious bleeding. The tourniquet, manufactured by Tactical Medical Solutions, Inc., is one of only two tourniquets approved by the Department of Defense. It has also been widely used by militaries and first responders around the world.
The Tested And Proven Tourniquet
The Red Cross recently updated their guidelines to include the proper use of tourniquets. The announcement comes on the heels of new tourniquet guidance from the International Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) standards. The decision also stems from recommendations from the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, which looked at tourniquet and performance characteristics.
Because of the SOF® Tactical Tourniquet – Wide’s reputation as the highest quality tourniquet on the market, it was chosen to be included in all our Tramedic™ kits. Putting the proper tools, like the SOF® Tactical Tourniquet – Wide, in the hands of civilians is one of the most important components of our products. All of our Tramedic™ kits are specifically designed for civilians who aren’t professional first responders so they can quickly and effectively utilize the kit’s lifesaving components.
Lifesaving Potential Around Every Corner
There are many situations in which a civilian may need to know how to use a tourniquet. One instance could be a large-scale event such as a natural disaster, mass shooting, or terrorist attack. Another moment could be an every day accident like a car accident, injury by heavy machinery, or a cut by broken glass. In any event, if someone is bleeding heavily, they may have less than 5 minutes to receive the proper medical care.
With hemorrhage control initiatives spanning from The White House to local communities, this partnership will have great impact across the nation. Red Cross Health and Safety instructors teach valuable lifesaving skills to an average of 9 million people per year in businesses, schools and communities, so the initiative will be fundamental in teaching the importance of bystander care for traumatic events.
In an emergency, every second counts.
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