Strategies for Avoiding Problems with the Use of Pneumatic Tourniquets
MedSun: Newsletter #53, October 2010
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
Pneumatic tourniquets are used primarily to occlude blood flow and obtain a bloodless field during limb surgery. They also facilitate intravenous regional anesthesia, an alternative to general anesthesia for surgery involving the upper or lower limbs. In this application (also known as a Bier block), the tourniquet prevents infused local anesthetic from flowing out of the limb and also provides a bloodless operating field. This article considers tourniquet problems reported to the Authority and reviews use and maintenance issues that can prevent these types of problems.
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Strategies for Avoiding Problems with the Use of Pneumatic Tourniquets. September 2010.
FDA Safety Tip: Pneumatic Tourniquet Cuffs, With a Tourniquet System. January 2007.
FDA Patient Safety News (video). Safe Use of Pneumatic Tourniquet Cuffs. April 2007.