We specialize in marine environments and water sports, hence, why we offer tourniquet surfboard leashes which are designed by surfers for surfers. The intent with the tourniquet leash is to evolve the traditional surfboard leash, which is a mere safety device meant only for board retention into something much greater. Having a leash (leg rope) that is a safety device (board retention), tourniquet for medical emergencies, and a quick release for drowning prevention all in one. We've done exactly that, we offer 2-3 times the value for only a couple dollars more than traditional surfboard leashes that only do one thing.
Dr. Ballas of Réunion (Link to Study on OMNA Inc Homepage) just did the first clinical study on shark attacks. He and his associates determined the difference between dying and surviving from a shark attack is the use of a commercial pre-hospital tourniquet. OMNA Tourniquets are the only marine- tourniquets in the world, and the only to be incorporated into leashes or tethers for all water sports. When it comes to bleeding you have a limited supply of blood and you have to act quickly to keep as much in your body as possible. Because you are surfing with a tourniquet surfboard leash, you have the means to immediate apply a legitimate pre-hospital tourniquet to yourself or someone else. There's no waiting on a first responder, or trying to improvise a tourniquet, both scenarios would cost you precious time and blood, neither of which you can afford to waste.
(While the above is a worst case scenario, it does highlight the severity of massive bleeding. Watch the video on our FAQ page of a bank robber who was shot in the leg by a police officer, count from gunshot to unconsciousness and you'll find that the time is roughly 30-40 seconds.)
QUESTION: Do you think surfers / divers / spear fishermen would be able to improvise a tourniquet (Improvised tourniquets have a 75% failure rate (Kragh et al., 2008)) while under duress, injured, in the water, trying to get to shore before being rendered unconscious from blood loss / dying from blood loss in 36 seconds?
There is no replacement for a legitimate pre-hospital tourniquet, and having one on your person in the water, that’s simple and easy to rapidly apply could really save quite a few people in and out of the water. Anyone commuting to surf or dive is also likely to be in a car accident or witness one, and if they have their OMNA amphibious tourniquet and or tourniquet surfboard leg rope they’ll be able to save a life in that situation as well.
FYI: Furthermore, regarding the tourniquet leash configuration the use of separate hook and loop velcro is crucial when it comes to salt water, sand, and waves in the surf zone. In all of our surf leash and wearable tourniquet studies we found that the Omni-Tape Velcro typically used by older windlass bar tourniquet designs came undone in the surf zone.
The Marines also found issues with the old windlass tourniquet design. When they tried to apply a windlass tourniquet to a swimmer in distress they've found it is not possible. Plus the windlass bar is not use friendly in the surf.
Select the right tool for the job. When it comes to marine environments and water sports, the right choice are OMNA Tourniquets. You wouldn't want what happened in the photo below to happen when you're fighting for your life, would you?