ABINGDON, Va. – Everyone with an opinion about individual first aid kits will tell their “students” to always include a combat application tourniquet. It could save a limb or your life. They’ll also tell you to practice with it before you need it. It’s not easy to use for the first time especially in an emergency, stressful situation.
That’s where Dr. Brock Blankenship says there is a better way. The former special operations medic and current emergency medicine trained physician invented a new tourniquet that is versatile, easy to use and highly effective.
Introducing the SWAT-T, the newest innovation for IFAKs and trauma kits. (OK, so it’s been available seven years, but it’s becoming an overnight success in the consumer market.)
Since Blankenship launched his new tourniquet as a division of his medical training company TEMS Solutions, he’s demonstrated the benefits of the versatile product, and astonishing business results.
“Our sales have grown each year since 2009, with several years achieving between 80 percent and 100 percent increases over prior years,” said Blankenship, the TEMS Solutions president.
Perhaps the best feature is the product’s ease of application: simply stretch, wrap and tuck (SWaT). Individuals can effectively apply it in seconds with little to no prior training.
And given that every human being loves products with multiple uses, the SWAT-T excels there too. It doubles as a sling, splint, occlude (block for open wounds), elastic wrap and a pressure dressing.
“I have always taught tourniquets as a philosophy rather than a device. We would teach improvised tourniquets too, and with those trained in the art – improvised tourniquets can be highly effective,” Blankenship explained. “But I began seeing challenges and even flaws with other tourniquets, especially when applied to diverse patient populations. Realizing the need for widespread tourniquet availability with Police, Fire, EMS, etc. I also realized cost was a major concern. I wanted something more, a tourniquet that could be used as a pressure dressing.”
The versatile design also makes it useful for children and dogs.
The SWAT-T sells for $9.50 by the General Services Administration. Most other resellers price the product from $10.50 to $12.25 (its current cost on Amazon), while most CAT’s cost between $18 and $33 on Amazon.
In fact, a conclusion by the Miliary Medicine review was that “occlusion and completion pressures were much lower and in a safer range with the wider SWAT-T than with the CAT. We also suggest that the SWAT-T offers some significant advantages over the windlass design CAT and should be among the tourniquets considered for field or tactical use.”
Financial Opportunity for the Survival Industry
Like many of the manufacturers and innovators in the Survival Industry, SWAT-T is looking for individual businesses to sell the product.
Simply click here to apply for the program. Once approved, resellers are required to buy a 200-piece first order after executing a reseller agreement.