Emergency Tourniquets Military and Pre-Hospital Tourniquets

There are two types emergency tourniquets used in military and pre-hospital settings: Pneumatic tourniquets, Non-pneumatic (non-inflatable) tourniquets While both types of tourniquets can be used to stop bleeding in military and pre-hospital settings to save a life, pneumatic tourniquets provide greater safety to the limb because they can occlude arterial blood flow at lower pressures, [...]

Maintenance, Cleaning, and Reprocessing

Tourniquet instruments, tourniquet cuffs, tubings and connectors should be inspected and maintained after every use in order to maintain good tourniquet safety, performance and reliability. Accordingly, the 2015 Recommended Practices for the Use of the Pneumatic Tourniquet in the Perioperative Practice Settings (RPs) of the (US) Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) recommend that the pneumatic [...]

Limb Occlusion Pressure (LOP)

What is Tourniquet “Limb Occlusion Pressure” (LOP)? Limb Occlusion Pressure (LOP) is the minimum pressure required, at a specific time in a specific tourniquet cuff applied to a specific patient’s limb at a specific location, to stop the flow of arterial blood into the limb distal to the cuff. Many studies and reviews published in [...]

Intravenous Regional Anesthesia (IVRA)

What is Intravenous Regional Anesthesia? Intravenous regional anesthesia is a tourniquet-related alternative to general anesthesia for limb surgeries. It is inexpensive and widely used for both adults and pediatric patients, with the frequency varying by the type of surgery and practice patterns [1]. In IVRA, a dual-bladder cuff or two single-bladder cuffs are applied proximal [...]

FDA Requirements for Pneumatic Tourniquets in the United States

What are pneumatic tourniquets? A pneumatic tourniquet is a medical device consisting of a pressure-regulating unit which can be operated manually or automatically, connecting tubing, and an inflatable cuff. Pneumatic tourniquets are intended to reduce or totally occlude circulation to a patient's limb to enable a licensed healthcare practitioner to perform a therapeutic function. Note [...]

Equipment Preparation

For the best patient outcome, it is important that all equipment is assembled, calibrated, and tested prior to its use. The following sections highlights some key considerations during equipment assembling, calibration and testing. Assembling equipment and supplies Efficiency in the operating room demands that all of the necessary equipment and supplies be assembled before the [...]

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 [...]