Revolutionary Medical Device a Lifesaver for Military Medics

Aug 18, 2011, 16:02 ET from Combat Medical Systems

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A revolutionary medical device that dramatically suppresses uncontrolled bleeding in the groin and inguinal areas of wounded servicemen is making its way onto the battlefield.

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The Combat Ready Clamp (CRoC) is a vise-like tourniquet designed to manage difficult bleeds when hemorrhage control in tactical environments is not possible with traditional methods and standard tourniquets.

Hemorrhaging is the leading cause of combat preventable deaths. Approximately 25 percent of potentially survivable deaths are due to uncontrolled junctional bleeding, most of which is attributed to pelvic hemorrhage. The CRoC increases soldier survivability by replacing manual pressure with compression placed on large vessels and direct pressure to problematical wounds by screwing tightly its vise-like clamp design.

Combat Medical Systems of Fayetteville, N.C., maker of the CRoC, recognized the need for an atypical tourniquet device to tackle injuries occurring below soldiers' body armor in the pelvic and groin area as a result of gunshot wounds and Afghan insurgents' use of improvised explosive devices.

Easily employed and removed, the mechanism is a slip-proof expandable aluminum clamp that is durable, collapsible, lightweight and compact.

A recent article in the U.S. Army Medical Department Journal reported that stemming uncontrolled bleeding could prevent the deaths of as many as three soldiers a month.

The CRoC has been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is recommended by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) and is already being successfully fielded to medics in Afghanistan.

SOURCE Combat Medical Systems