Tourniquets Systems

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A Tourniquet can be defined as a compressing device used to control venous and arterial circulation to the upper or lower extremity for a period of time. Pressure is applied circumferentially upon the skin and underlying tissues of a limb; this pressure is transferred to the walls of vessels, causing them to become temporarily occluded. In surgical settings, the purpose of a tourniquet is to exert enough pressure on the arterial blood flow in a limb following exsanguination to produce a relatively bloodless operative field. There are two distinct types of tourniquet being non-inflatable (non-pneumatic) tourniquets and pneumatic tourniquets. 

For more information on tourniquets, click here to download the VMB Tourniquet guide.