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Tourniquets - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors outline the definition and the history of tourniquets, as well as their uses and potential complications. Our learning materials are self-paced and written by experienced instructors, so you can have complete confidence in what you're learning. The short quiz that follows each lesson is a great way to prepare for a test or just ensure you've understood what you've studied. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Explain when and why a tourniquet is used
- Define a pneumatic tourniquet
- Understand proper tourniquet technique and applications
- Detail what a combat application tourniquet is
- Discuss hair tourniquet syndrome
- Outline some of the complications and dangers associated with tourniquets
1. Tourniquets: Definition & History
The tourniquet as we know it today is used daily in the hospital, but is also used in wartime and in emergency first aid. In this lesson, we'll learn what the tourniquet is and how it became such an essential part of today's healthcare.
2. Why & When is a Tourniquet Used?
Medical compression devices called tourniquets can be applied in emergency situations to prevent hemorrhaging and excessive bleeding. Read this lesson to learn more about when and why tourniquets are still used in healthcare today.
3. Pneumatic Tourniquets: Definition & Guidelines
Pneumatic tourniquets are often used in orthopedic surgeries. In this lesson, we will learn what a pneumatic tourniquet is, along with the guidelines on how to use them.
4. Proper Tourniquet Application & Technique
Tourniquets are medical devices that compress blood vessels to prevent hemorrhage. Read this lesson to learn common application techniques and general instructions for the use of these devices.
5. Combat Application Tourniquets: Definition & Application
In this lesson we will review the design features of the Combat Application Tourniquet. We will also discuss how to properly apply the tourniquet in cases of extreme limb bleeding.
6. What is Hair Tourniquet Syndrome?
There's a potential danger lurking on your body, something usually thought of as being completely innocent. It's hair. It can lead to hair tourniquet syndrome, and its consequences can be serious. Find out what this syndrome is in this lesson.
7. Dangers & Complications of Tourniquets
Tourniquets are a key life-saving intervention used in blood-loss emergencies but they are also associated with serious risks. In this lesson, you will learn about the dangers and complications associated with tourniquet use.
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