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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
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ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.2018022527
pages 59-65

Reuse of Single-Use HemaClear Exsanguination Tourniquets: A Technique Note

Jeanne M. Franzone
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE, USA
Joon H. Yang
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
John E. Herzenberg
Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

ABSTRACT

Surgical tourniquets have an important role in limiting blood loss and improving surgical visualization. The HemaClear® tourniquet is a sterile silicone-ring tourniquet designed to exsanguinate as it is applied. HemaClear tourniquets may be rolled all the way up to the groin or the axilla and thus provide a larger operating field than standard wide pneumatic tourniquets. Although designed for single use, we propose here a technique permitting the reapplication of a HemaClear tourniquet on the contralateral limb in the setting of bilateral-extremity sequential surgical procedures. Such one time reuse decreases health-care costs.


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