10 Best Tourniquet Practices for Surgical Tourniquets
Best Tourniquet Practices
There are many types of tourniquet cuffs, instruments, and limb protection sleeves available for the clinicians. Due to common misconceptions and misinformation, it may be a challenge to select and use the most appropriate tourniquet technology for your patients. Here is our list of top 10 best tourniquet practices you need to know in order to provide the safest and most effective tourniquet use for optimum patient safety:
3. Select a sterile, disposable tourniquet cuff for procedures that require placement of a sterile tourniquet cuff near the operative site, or for use in contaminated surgical cases, or to prevent cross-contamination. For safety, disposable tourniquet cuffs must be discarded at the end of each procedure.
4. Select a reusable tourniquet cuff when sufficient sterile draping is available to isolate the cuff from the sterile field. For safety, tourniquet cuffs designed by the manufacturer to be reusable multiple times must be thoroughly cleaned between each use, according to manufacturer’s instructions and established guidelines.