UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Trauma

Title: Creating the next generation of tourniquets?

Keywords: hemorrhage, tourniquet, innovation, Delphi (PubMed Search)

Posted: 6/9/2024 by Robert Flint, MD (Emailed: 6/16/2024) (Updated: 6/16/2024)
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Appropriately, a  great deal of time and energy is being expended to educate on the use of tourniquets to prevent mass hemorrhage. Are the current generation of tourniquets the best that we can have? These authors performed a Delphi study to assess needs with tourniquet design.

They concluded the next generation of tourniquets should have the following: “Capable of being used longer than 2 hours, applied and monitored by anyone, data displays, semiautomated capabilities with inherent overrides, automated monitoring with notifications and alerts, and provide recommended actions.”


Veazey, Sena R. MS; Mike, Jared F. PhD; Hull, Darke R. BS; Ryan, Kathy L. PhD; Salinas, Jose PhD; Kragh, John F. Jr MD. Next-generation tourniquet: Recommendations for future capabilities and design requirements. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 96(6):p 949-954, June 2024. | DOI: 10.1097/TA.0000000000004237