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Key Takeaways: New to the Guideline for Pneumatic Tourniquet Safety

Publish Date: June 9, 2021


Assess the patient preoperatively for contraindications to pneumatic tourniquet use and factors that may increase the patient’s risk of developing complications from pneumatic tourniquet use. 


  • NEW Exercise increased caution when using a pneumatic tourniquet for older adult patients and patients with low preoperative hemoglobin, increased risk for venous thromboembolism, and a high body mass index. 3.1.-.1.3.4.
  • NEW Specific contraindications to pneumatic tourniquet use include peripheral vascular disease, previous arterial bypass graft, and thigh circumference larger than 100 cm. 4.1-1.4.2.
  • NEW The manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU) may include additional patient conditions that are contraindications to tourniquet use. 4.2.

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