Overview of Arterial Tourniquets

Before You Begin…
The information that follows is intended to provide a general overview of arterial tourniquet use. Hospitals should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the type of tourniquet purchased and adopt a their own guideline for tourniquet use.

• Recent research has demonstrated the efficacy of arterial tourniquets as a method to control hemorrhage in a limb wound.
• Hemorrhage from a limb is a manageable condition.
• Minnesota ambulance services are required to carry arterial tourniquets.
• By July 1, 2014 Minnesota’s level 3 and 4 trauma hospitals must stock a commercially-manufactured arterial tourniquet in the emergency department.



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