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.“