When to Use MATResponder
- Push the pressure gate on the buckle to allow the strap to slowly slide through the buckle gate.
- Simply press the Release Button on the side of MATResponder to automatically release (usually accompanied by immediate unwinding of the Turn Key mechanism).
- The Buckle can be lifted up and off of its hook.
To re-apply and reuse the MATResponder the device must be fully reset. This is done by pushing the Release Button and pulling the Strap all the way out, until you see the stitching at the end of the Strap.
MATResponder and Safety
No. To prevent cross contamination, once the device has been used on an injured person, it should be disposed of in the appropriate manner.
For training purposes, MATResponder can be used multiple times, as long as it is properly reset (see previous answer). However, there is a risk that the Turn Key mechanism may bind or fail to work properly after numerous uses if the device is not reset properly.
- Dungca, C. & Pfaff, B. (2005). (Comparative Tourniquet Self-Application and Use Testing). Army Medical Training Center. Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. Unpublished study.