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What is the role of the single use Tourniquet?

Posted by Ryan Kerstein, Director, Asep Healthcare

In 2000 Golder et al. concluded in the Lancet that the use of re-usable tourniquets in hospitals contravenes hospital cross infection policy1.  They sampled 77 tourniquets from a large London hospital and two district general hospitals and tested them for infections.  Of these 77, 52 (68%) were stained with blood along the surface in contact with patient skin.  Whilst none of these tourniquets tested positive for HIV or Hepatitis B, they highlight that in a busy inner-city hospital where such blood-borne viruses are prevalent there is a potential risk of transmission especially if the tourniquet is used in quick succession on patients with eczematous or traumatised skin. 

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