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Tourniquet Options

Choosing the right CoTCCC approved tourniquet for your every-day-carry

When considering which tourniquet to carry, IRT recommends that you only consider commercial tourniquets approved by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC). These non-pneumatic tourniquets have been manufactured to the highest medical standards, tested by the global authority on tactical trauma care and put to use saving lives by combat operators, paramedics and law enforcement around the world.

While all of these tourniquets are proven effective at stopping massive extremity bleeding, there are two that IRT recommends and stocks in our Rapid Options Bag line up of Trauma kits.

The first is the Combat Application Tourniquet (C.A.T) Gen 7 made by North American Rescue

Combat Application Tourniquet (C.A.T.) Gen 7

The second is the SAM XT Tourniquet made by SAM Medical.

SAM XT Tourniquet

The reasons behind selecting these two tourniquets over the others are based on three factors. Ease of self-application, Ease of buddy-application, and Ease of carry. These two tourniquets offer rigidity that the SOFT-T, the RMT and the TMT don’t. The rigidity of the compression bands on the CAT and the SAM XT ensure the tourniquets keep their shape without twists or tangles during application. This is a huge time saving benefit and spares the user from needing to rely on fine motor dexterity to undue twists in the band during high stress traumatic injury events. High quality hook-loop tape (velcro) assists both of these tourniquets during the initial tightening of the band. The user can pull the band tight with less pulls (2-3 with CAT & SAM XT, 3-5 with SOFT-T & RMT), and without the need to brace the limb against a firm base to achieve effective tightening. The last advantage the CAT and the SAM XT have over the other tourniquets is their quick launch configuration for storage. Both of these tourniquets can be folded small and hold themselves together without the use of rubber bands or other aid devices. They also can be carried in manufactured holsters attached on a belt or MOLLE webbing. For these reason IRT believes the CAT and SAM XT have an edge over the other CoTCCC approved extremity tourniquets.

For clarity, it should be stated that above all device features, TRAINING WITH YOUR EQUIPMENT is what will make you the most effective life-saver in a traumatic injury event. A person who regularly trains with a piece of equipment or tool will always beat an untrained person. Whichever device you carry, please train with it regularly and make sure you are counted among People, Prepared.

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Introducing IRT’s Rapid Options Bag (ROB) lineup

Full size Rapid Options Bag (ROB)

Compact Rapid Options Bag – Individual (ROBI)

Compact Rapid Options Bag – Individual Horizontal Configuration (ROBIV)

Shop Rapid Options Bags here

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Could you provide care to a gunshot victim? Could you save your loved ones life?

Random violence continues to strike. Parades, schools, businesses, and randomly in the streets. Please consider equipping yourself and loved ones with knowledge based on professional training and trauma kits designed to save lives from the three most common preventable causes of pre-hospital trauma; Massive Extremity Bleeding, Penetrating Chest Trauma and Airway Obstruction.

Learn to identify and prioritize traumatic injuries, treat with the most up-to-date wound care devices and move victims up the chain of survival.

Immediate Response Training, LLC offers Immediate Trauma Care training and certification based on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) principles and American Red Cross certified life saving programs.

Please visit our training services page to view training options and scheduled events.

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care + CPR/AED TrainingRegister here
10:00a-4:00pFox Valley Shooting Range Elgin, IL
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Teachers Need Trauma Care Training. Classrooms Need Trauma Kits.

Active threat environments are dynamic and chaotic. The threat could be a shooter, a natural disaster, a fire, etc.… In these direct threat scenarios, first responders often may not get to victims for long periods of time. Time is the enemy of the wounded.

Prepared teachers save lives.

If you are a teacher, education administrator, or otherwise work in a school it is up to you to train and be equipped to keep yourself and the children around you alive. Register for Immediate Trauma Care. Schedule in-house training for your staff. Learn and practice vital life saving skills to treat trauma and save lives.

Children are counting on you. Their parents are counting on you. The community is counting on you. Please consider IRT training and trauma kits.

Upcoming training:

Fox Valley Shooting Range in Elgin

6/20 – 4 hour Immediate Trauma Care (Register)
6/21 – 8 hour Immediate Trauma Care + CPR/AED (Register)

Glenbard Security, Inc.

7/13 – 8 hour Immediate Trauma Care + CPR/AED (Register) 7/23 & 24 – 16 hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid (Register)

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Wilderness and Remote First Aid Training : July 23 & 24 in Villa Park, IL

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid course is to provide individuals a foundation of first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response, such as wilderness and remote environments, including urban disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

Current adult CPR/AED certification is a prerequisite for participation in the Wilderness and Remote First Aid course. Participants must also be 14 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course.

Day 1 – Classroom Phase @ Glenbard Security, Villa Park

Day 2 – Outdoor Phase @ Churchill Woods, Lombard

Wilderness and Remote First Aid 16 hour Training Event (Register)
9:00am-5:00pmGlenbard Security, Inc. Villa Park, IL
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Immediate Trauma Care + CPR/AED Training 5/23 in Villa Park!

Training Opportunity next week! 8 hour Immediate Trauma Care course. TECC, Stop the Bleed, First Aid/CPR/AED certification!

Where: Glenbard Security Inc, 205 E. St. Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL

When: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Price: $200

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All Firearms Owners Should Be Trained in Immediate Trauma Care.

If you use a firearm to defend life, its probably because your loved one, a co-worker, or an innocent bystander was first the target. After you address the threat its time to start pre-hospital trauma care. Its imperative that you are trained and equipped to act.

Enroll now in an Immediate Trauma Care class today! Seats available in next weeks training

Monday 5/23  9am-5pm

Glenbard Security

205 E. St. Charles Rd

Villa Park, IL

Register here

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Let’s Put a ROBI in your Range Bag

Essential Range Items

Immediate Response Training is on a mission to train and equip responsible gun owners in immediate trauma care. Accidents happen on the range. Be prepared to respond with a Rapid Options Bag trauma kit in your range bag and a TECC class under your belt.

IRT custom trauma kits are available now and training courses are available!
Be prepared to save a life.

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Visit the IRT table at Villa Park VFW Gun Show! May 14th, 10a-3p

Come check out immediate trauma care demonstrations, register for training courses, and view our product line!

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Training courses this week at Fox Valley Shooting Range!

CPR / AED Training & Certification

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

3/9 – 10am to 2pm

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3/10 – 9am to 5pm

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