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Figure 6: CAT buckle design

6A: The GEN 6 CAT has two slits in the buckle.

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Figure 6: CAT buckle design

6B: The GEN 7 CAT buckle only has one slit you need to thread the strap through.

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Figure 6: CAT buckle design

6C: Here, the band routes though just one slit in the GEN 7 CAT buckle.

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Figure 6: CAT buckle design

6D: Here, the band is routed though both slits in the GEN 6 CAT buckle.

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Figure 6: CAT buckle design

6E: The buckle rotates inappropriately when a rescuer pulls the traction off center.

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Figure 6: CAT buckle design

6F: A loop left in the Velcro can get caught in the buckle.

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Figure 6: CAT buckle design

6G: A doubled-up strap is looped and jammed in the buckle of this tourniquet.

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Figure 6: CAT buckle design

6H: Grasping the buckle on each side with the thumb and middle finger can prevent the buckle from rotating.

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Figure 6: CAT buckle design

6I: An excessive “death grip” on the Velcro band while routing it over the extremity can cause the band to adhere to itself along the long (longitudinal) axis and often bind up when pulling it through the slit.