Providers at our facility have used Penrose drains, surgical gloves and Tourni-cots for digit tourniquets, why should we switch to the T-RING/T-RING FLEX?

It is simple – using a tourniquet has significant risks of injury to the delicate digital vessels and nerves if too much pressure is applied. To minimize the risk of injury, the literature states you must ALWAYS use the lowest pressure necessary to achieve hemostasis. 

The T-RING automatically adjusts to the size of any digit to apply a pressure of 150- 160 mm Hg on any digit size – a fraction of the pressure of any other digit tourniquet.

Elsevier’s 2019 edition of Trauma & Emergency Care highlights the risks of using other methods, recommending the T-RING:

“Traditional methods of tourniquet application to digits (e.g. surgical glove, Penrose drain tubing, Tourni-Cot) have all been found to exceed the pressure required for digital haemostasis, and so dramatically increasing the risk of neurovascular injury, These potential injuries can be devastating for the patient. The T-Ring™ tourniquet is now used to replace these other methods. It is a one size fits all tourniquet, which applies even pressure to any digit creating the required bloodless field with minimal pressure.“

The central grey ring of the T-RING and T-RING are exactly the same – this is the tourniquet portion that applies the “ideal pressure” on any size digit. The only difference between the two versions is the original T-RING has a solid outer red ring, while the T-RING FLEX has end “tabs” and is entirely flexible. The original T-RING can be snapped, allowing the tourniquet’s inner opening to be stretched wider for application over flaps, deformities or onto very large digits. There is no need to snap the T-RING FLEX, simply grab the tabs and stretch for simple, safe application and removal.
The T-RING FLEX is recommended for providers in hospital, urgent care and office settings: it is even easier than the T-RING to stretch and apply; and its soft, narrow design makes it perfect for use on tiny digits and the narrow spaced between toes. The T-RING’s solid outer ring allows easy one-handed application – perfect for self-application in pre-hospital settings. The T-RING remains a favorite for military, law enforcement, and others …