Tests performed by scientists have shown that tourniquets used by the Lithuanian Armed Forces properly perform their function of stopping bleeding, the military said on Friday.
The tests were conducted with the help of experts from the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) after public doubts were raised last September over the reliability of tourniquets already used and planned to be purchased by the Armed Forces.
While the expert evaluation process was underway, both the supply of tourniquets currently used by the Armed Forces and the procurement of new ones was put on hold.
A tourniquet is a device that is tied tightly around an arm or a leg to stop the loss of blood from a wound.
The military said in a press release that they planned to resume the suspended procurement processes and purchase around 7,000 tourniquets, adding that even more advanced means for stopping blood loss would be bought after the expiration date of the currently used devices.
The experts tested Chinese-made tourniquets, among the cheapest in the market, that the Armed Forces purchased last year.