Tourniquet Cuff Technology

What is the purpose of a tourniquet cuff? The purpose of a tourniquet cuff is to safely stop or restrict arterial blood flow into a portion of an extremity by applying a uniform circumferential pressure around the extremity at a desired location. Pneumatic tourniquet cuffs In general, a pneumatic tourniquet cuff is composed of an [...]

Tourniquet Cuff Selection

In the United States, pneumatic tourniquet cuffs are regulated as Class I medical device by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Risks of injuries to patients and legal liability for users arise from use of a pneumatic tourniquet cuff not meeting the FDA requirements. Therefore, it is important to only use pneumatic tourniquet cuffs that [...]

Preoperative Patient Assessment

Patient Assessment The perioperative staff should assess the patient preoperatively for potential contraindications and risks [1]. The final decision on whether or not to use a tourniquet rests with the attending physician. Potential contraindications for tourniquet use Perioperative staff should screen the patient preoperatively for the following potential contraindications [1]: Venous thromboembolism, Impaired circulation or [...]

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 [...]

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 Practices for Surgical Tourniquets (2017)

Further reading:Preoperative patient assessment2015 AORN guideline Further reading:Tourniquet cuff technologyTourniquet cuff selectionFDA requirements for pneumatic tourniquets in the United States Further reading:Tourniquet cuff technologyMaintenance, cleaning, and reprocessing Further reading:Tourniquet cuff technologyMaintenance, cleaning, and reprocessing Further reading:Tourniquet cuff technologyTourniquet cuff application Further reading:Tourniquet cuff technology Further reading:Limb Occlusion Pressure (LOP)Tourniquet instrument technology Further reading:Safety considerations during [...]