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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 424-430

Tourniquet application during anesthesia: “What we need to know?”


Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University, London Health Sciences, Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Kamal Kumar
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University, London Health Sciences, Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario
Canada
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.168174

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Tourniquets are routinely and safely used in limb surgeries throughout the world. Tourniquet application alters normal physiology. Healthy patients tolerate these physiological changes well, but the physiological changes may not be well-tolerated by patients with poor cardiac function. This review discusses the physiological changes associated with tourniquet use, safe practice and provides the latest updates regarding tourniquet use. A systematic literature search of PubMed, MEDLINE, ScienceDirect, and Google Scholar was done. The search results were limited to the randomized controlled trials and systemic reviews. The papers are summarized in this review.


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