Typical LEO Loadout

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    I have a question for the LEOs here (and a possible suggestion). The MTA cop that was shot in the Thursday night shootout had damage to his femoral artery and very nearly bled out. It does not sound like he nor his compatriots carried a CAT (combat application tournequet) with them. Had he had a CAT, he, or one of his buddies, could have stopped the blood flowing from his leg before the EMTs got there and mitigated the danger of death he faced.

    Do you have a CAT in your vest or otherwise on your person? They are small and light. If you don't carry one, you may want to for just such a situation. You have a very low probablilty of ever needing it (like CCW), but if you need it, you need it very badly and immediately (like CCW). It could also come in handy when responding to a car wreck with an amputation. Just a thought.
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    I have one in my car. You just never know whats going to happen...

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    Keep one and a trama kit is my range bag as well as my car medical kit!


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    I used to carry a couple of Kotex. But medical assistance was never more tha five or six minutes away, and a level 1 trauma medical center never more than ten minutes away.

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    Do you have a link or suggestions for a good CAT?

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    Been considering the Bugg gear for femoral artery protection, but hesistant due to weight, temperature increase(if its consistent with ballistic vest)
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    Femoral artery is rough because it will retract on you... if cut high on the thigh, it would be hard to tourniquet, but a rapid CAT and Celox packet would definitely improve outcomes, I think.

    I do have a CAT, but it's open. Would be nice to have a couple sealed ones.
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    I carry a CAT on my right ankle, above the boot, in a TUCRig hook and loop band every shift. We had an OIS about three weeks ago and though I didn't need the CAT, I was glad I EDC it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkh View Post
    Do you have a link or suggestions for a good CAT?
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    Amazon.com: C-A-T Combat Application Tourniquet: Health & Personal Care
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post

    I do have a CAT, but it's open. Would be nice to have a couple sealed ones.
    I dont think it matters if this is sealed or sterile. What seems to be more important is that you know how to apply it correctly. Opening it lets you practice on yourself and on your partner.
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    I am going to add one to my range kit/truck when I get home, but while deployed I usually have 3 on me when on mission, plus doc has like 25 more.

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    That is the brand I have and it is also used/suggested in TDI's combat medicine class.
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    I'm not an LEO, but I do keep an Israeli Battle Dressing and some Celox in a trauma kit in my Jeep.
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