Navy Reserve Lt. Keith Gates, M.D., and retired Army Col. John Holcomb, M.D., display a sketch Gates drew while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.
New Tourniquet Saves Lives of Soldiers and Civilians
A new kind of tourniquet designed to treat soldiers who suffer catastrophic injuries from improvised explosive devices has been honored with an innovation award.
The Junctional Emergency Treatment Tool, or JETT, has been named by EMS World magazine, the leading monthly publication for the emergency medical services market, as a winner of the 2013 Top Innovation Awards. The awards recognize the industry’s most innovative products of the year, which were on display at the 2013 EMS World Expo held recently in Las Vegas.
Unlike traditional tourniquets, the JETT is applied higher on the body, around the pelvic area, to stop blood flow. Traditional tourniquets cannot reach that location on the body.
Keith Gates, M.D., saw the need for the JETT when he was serving as a battalion surgeon with the U.S. Navy stationed in Afghanistan. Enemy combatants had figured out that by calibrating IEDs to hit higher, all the way up to the pelvis, those who were hit would bleed to death within minutes. Traditional tourniquets were useless with that type of injury.
Gates, who is an emergency medicine physician at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and an assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center’s Medical School at Houston, sat in a wooden hut in Afghanistan one night in 2011, and with a sheet of paper and pen, sketched a new kind of tourniquet that he hoped would solve the problem ...