Don’t Tie It, Clamp It

I caught this originally over on Gizmodo.

It’s an interesting concept for controlling bleeding that would normally be controlled by a tourniquet. One of the claims in the original article is that it can be applied faster and better control the bleeding. Check out the video and see if you wondered the same thing that I did:

The application of the device appears to potentially create additional penetration to the skin that may, or may not, be able to hold up to the pressure. While this may be convenient in the cases of some wounds (such as the illustrated handgun), probably not so much in others.

Like a shark bite.

Interesting concept, but I don’t see the benefit especially at the price point of $65 they’re pitching for what looks like a one time use.

What do you think?


  1. BassMedic says

    The tourniquet is a no-brainier. It is easy to teach and is easily improvised from materials not found in a jump bag or ambulance. Although this isn’t being sold as a tourniquet replacement, I would imagine a less experienced EMT/Medic utilizing the device, and failing, and wasting precious time and blood volume. The tourniquet can be placed, by a novice, in a short amount of time.

    This new gadget is exactly that… A new gadget. Until some evidence is gathered from the field, the tourniquet is obviously the tried and true standard of care. However, its good to see people thinking outside the box. Who knows, this could be the next great thing once it’s proven on the street.

  2. says

    I agree with BassMedic.

    This works very well on an animated wound, but may not work very well in the real world.

    I expect that some injuries will continue to bleed under the skill, which may lead to compartment syndrome. This is only an improvement over death, not over a tourniquet.

    Compartment syndrome is possible with a tourniquet, but the tourniquet works by stopping the bleeding, not by hiding the bleeding.

    This device looks as if it will sometimes only be effective at hiding the bleeding.