“How small of a child can the CAT Tourniquet be used on” is a frequently asked question. There
are actually two major considerations when deciding to apply a tourniquet to a child. First, is the
tourniquet effectiveness. That is, will it stop life-threatening bleeding in an injured extremity.
The second aspect is safety. This means will the tourniquet device itself cause unintended injury
to extremity when it is applied. One of the confounding variables when discussing children is
that the medical community refers to that population as “pediatric,” which is defined as an age
under 18. This unfortunate definition means that a 17 year old starting lineman on a high school
football team is often viewed in the same manner as the 17 month old toddler.
Please read the attached letter from North American Rescue reference the use of CAT Tourniquet's in pediatric's