Pet First Aid for Pet Professionals Level 3 (VTQ)

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Commercial Tourniquets for Dogs

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STAT Tourniquet for Canine First Aid: A Game-Changer


Traditionally, using tourniquets on dogs posed a challenge due to their small leg sizes, making standard commercial tourniquets impractical. However, the STAT tourniquet offers a innovative solution, designed to accommodate canine limbs effectively. Let's explore the key features of this canine-friendly tourniquet.

The Two Variants

There are two essential types of STAT tourniquets:

  • Orange Tourniquet: Intended for actual use.
  • Blue Tourniquet: Designed for training purposes only.

Using the STAT Tourniquet

Here's how to properly utilize the STAT tourniquet for canine first aid:

Application Steps

  1. Remove the tourniquet from its packaging, which also includes instructions.
  2. Observe the instructions printed directly on the tourniquet for clarity.
  3. Secure the tourniquet by passing it through the designated hole.
  4. Activate the built-in timer by pushing it down, allowing for easy tracking of tourniquet application time.

Usage Considerations

STAT tourniquets should only be employed in cases of catastrophic bleeding, such as:

  • Severe injuries with profuse bleeding.
  • Amputation incidents where bleeding control is challenging.

During application:

  • Place the tourniquet a few inches above the bleeding site.
  • Ensure a firm and secure fit by pulling the strap tight.
  • Monitor the bleeding, which should gradually cease as blood flow is restricted.

Crucial Post-Tourniquet Steps

After applying the tourniquet:

  • Urgently transport the injured animal to the veterinarian.
  • Contact the vet beforehand to prepare for the arrival and inform them of the situation.
  • Record the time when the tourniquet was applied using the built-in timer.
  • Do not remove the tourniquet, as this would lead to renewed bleeding. The vet must address the injury.

By applying the STAT tourniquet effectively, you can increase the chances of a successful outcome for your pet. Keeping blood loss to a minimum and reducing the risk of shock are critical in ensuring a full recovery.