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I Was Wrong… This Belt Will Work as a Tourniquet

There’s a commonly thrown around myth that belts can make for a good, improvised tourniquet in the middle of an emergency if it’s all you have.

I understand that this seems like it would work, but close examination of how tourniquets work, human anatomy, and the construction of belts, shows that this isn’t the case.

Almost all belts make for crappy tourniquets, and if you want to know all the reasons why, check out my YouTube video talking about just that.

However, now I’m forced to eat my words after discovering a belt designed to serve this function well.

A few weeks ago, I published an article discussing the pros and cons of the TX2 Tourniquet by RevMedX. If you haven’t read it, I suggest checking that out, so you’ll better understand what I’m talking about here.

After requesting the TX2, I noticed RevMedX had an interesting piece of gear on their website. A belt that also doubles as a tourniquet.

PARABELT Desert Tan
The Parabelt by RevMedX

This is nothing new. Companies have been attempting to create such a product for quite some time. But nothing I’ve seen, so far, does as good a job as the Parabelt that RevMedX produces.

The Parabelt is designed with their innovative ratcheting system that’s used to tighten down the TQ enough to fully occlude a heavily bleeding artery. This ratcheting system is uniquely qualified to make this work, since most TQs utilize a windlass making most designs awkward to use and, wear.

The Parabelt is well constructed to solve these problems and does it better than anyone else.

The belt itself is made of nylon webbing and flexible enough to wrap around a limb. Being flexible means that it won’t make for a very good gunbelt, but that flexibility is key for getting it around a bleeding limb.

The colors are standard tactical black or desert tan, so if you are looking to be the “gray man,” and avoid looking tactical, then this probably won’t do you any favors.

Sizing was perfect after following the directions laid out on the RevMedX website, and I was sent the perfect belt for me.

One of the problems with using a belt as a TQ means that if you do use it to stop bleeding, now you won’t have anything to hold up your pants which might be carrying lots of essential gear and personal items.

PARABELT Black

Belts are an important piece of kit for keeping your equipment on you and if you need to take it off to save a life, now you’re be stuck holding your pants up with one or both hands.

This might not be a big deal, but if you’re in an emergency situation, you might need to run for it. And not having a belt makes this more of a chore.

My overall opinion of the belt is good. I’ve never used it in a real-life scenario, but everything that I see in the Parabelt makes it appear to be a solid, and well-thought-out last-ditch tourniquet.

Mountain Man medical doesn’t currently stock the Parabelt in our online store, so if this is something you’re interested in, you’ll have to go over to the RevMedX site and pick on up there. Cost of the Para Belt is $125.00.

If you would rather purchase a CAT, or SOF-T Wide tourniquet, we sell them on the Mountain Man Medical store.

2 thoughts on “I Was Wrong… This Belt Will Work as a Tourniquet

  1. To be blunt you’re full of shit on the issue of belt’s make bad tourniquets! I’m a retired military Hospital Corpsman with two combat tours with the Marines and a retired trauma nurse with a total combined 42 years of experience.

    It boils down too how and where it’s applied. By properly applying it it in the correct location, a belt is a very effective method.

    Additionally you can purchase a military surplus tourniquet for about 10.00 or even cheaper use that ugly real tie (not the clip on) someone gave you as a gift. Pre-tie it as if you’re going to wear it, slip over the affected limb, pull it tight, tie it off. Fast, down and dirty, done..life saved.

    1. While I can appreciate your bluntness, I disagree. I do not pretend to have the same level of experience that you do, but I’m guessing you’ve been out of the game for a while. As you know, the medical world is constantly changing, and with new information, experiences and data to support research, the ways we used to do things are now considered bad medicine.

      The “military surplus tourniquet for about 10.00” you mentioned are made up entirely of counterfeit Chinese knock-offs of the NAR CAT tourniquets. These are NOT suitable for saving your life or anyone else’s. If you’d like to know more, I’ve made a YouTube video explaining this in more detail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1dIGNSV9Ho&t=106s

      In regards to your comment that belts make good tourniquets, I also disagree with you. Is it possible to save someone’s life with a Belt TQ? Sure, and if I have NO OTHER OPTION, I may give it a go, because why not? My casualty is going to die anyway, I might as well try everything. However, I’d try to construct an improvised TQ first, before attempting to use a belt.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRo3sQoPThA

      But is, “a belt is a very effective method?” No, absolutely not. It may work, given a perfect situation, but a CAT TQ will work in almost all situations of extremity blood loss, and is therefore the much more effective method.

      Here is a video I did on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2g3mOmsgnw&t=2s

      Your comment, while I’m sure was well intentioned and not just a flexing of your vast experience, could sow the seed of doubt in someone not as experienced as you and cost them their own life, or the life of a loved one by thinking they’re adequately prepared for life threatening bleeding by simply wearing a belt.

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