I have personally tested and have observed application of the R.A.T.S. (Rapid Application Tourniquet System)/Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) ® by another individual. By far, it is the fastest and easiest tourniquet to apply of all that I have used in both military and civilian environments. To test its functionality, I personally applied it to my upper arm as well as forearm, and found doppler confirmed ablation of both radial and ulnar arterial pulses. I had the same results with ablation of the dorsalis pedis and posterior tibialis pulses with applying the R.A.T.S. above or below the knee over clothing, again confirmed by doppler. To reinforce the ease of use, I had my daughter, a first year nursing student, apply it to herself obtaining the same results.
Jay F. Sullivan, MD