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Counterfeit R.A.T.S. Tourniquets
We recently discovered that someone from China is making counterfeit R.A.T.S. Tourniquets. These are not made of solid core vulcanized rubber like ours and certainly are not authorized by us.
There are several ways to determine if a R.A.T.S Tourniquet is counterfeit:
1. Theirs is made of bungee material only – Ours is made of vulcanized rubber.
2. Theirs costs less than $10. Ours is $17.95.
3. Theirs does not have the correct red label. Ours has R.A.T.S., our web address and PATENT PENDING on the red label.
Comparison of vulcanized rubber and bungee materials
Tires are made of vulcanized rubber. Tires endure below freezing temperatures in the Winter to extreme heat in the Summer and keep on going.
Will crack and break much sooner than vulcanized rubber.
When stretched over and over again it will return to it’s original form. In the case of tourniquet applications vulcanized rubber will keep more than enough pressure and allow a person to walk if needed (if possible) and still keep enough pressure.
Very flexible but very soon will not return to it’s original form. When a tourniquet is applied, the person might be able to walk. Over a short period bungee will be over stretched.
Think tires again. Tires endure the abuse of not only temperature extremes but physical extremes.
Not able to take the same abuse as vulcanized rubber.
Will keep consistent adequate pressure to stop blood flow.