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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34

A Simple Technique to Prevent Tourniquet contamination

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Christian Medical College,Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

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G I Nambi
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu
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Tourniquet [ Derived from the French word 'Tourner' meaning to turn ] is an essential component of a Surgeon's armory. The importance of tourniquet is stressed by Bunnell who said 'could a jeweller repair a watch immersed in ink ?'. One of the complications arising out of tourniquet Use is its contamination with blood, body fluids and therefore colonization with micro organisms resulting in transmission of infection and reduced longevity of the tourniquet. To avoid these complications, a simple technique is described in this article which may be a useful surgical tip.

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