The Tourni-Cot is the world’s most popular digit tourniquet, and clinically that’s for good reason. Generally speaking, digit tourniquets improve care by creating a bloodless field for procedures on fingers and toes. A bloodless field allows visualization and careful exploration which is critical to wound management. Digit injuries have high complication rates, mostly due to missed injuries with up to 38% of foreign bodies missed on the first visit. Improvised methods don’t provide a reliable bloodless field, can apply dangerous pressure levels and can even be forgotten in place, sometimes resulting in amputations.
Mar-Med’s Tourni-Cot is a non-pneumatic (elastic) digit tourniquet that exsanguinates during application and constricts vessels once in place. This one-step process provides almost instant hemostasis, making the Tourni-Cot quick and easy to use. The Tourni-Cot has been proven to provide safe pressure and is designed to be conspicuous to minimize the risk of leaving a tourniquet in place. The Tourni-Cot communicates high quality of care to the patient and costs no more than some improvised methods, like using a sterile surgical glove set.
Images at right, courtesy of Kent Imaging, help visualize the efficacy of the Tourni-Cot. Their non-invasive imaging device provided diagnostic insight into the availability of oxygenated blood to the imaged tissue. Upon application of the Tourni-Cot the oxygenated blood is expelled and kept out of the occluded vessels in the digit, as clearly shown.
See literature below for more information:
- ACEP’s Emergency and Primary Care of the Hand; Raymond G. Hart, et al.
- Reducing Risk in Emergency Department Wound Management; James A. Pfaff, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, et al.
- Comparison of Pressures Applied by Digital Tourniquets in the Emergency Department; Shadi Lahham, MS, et al.
- NHS – Rapid Response Report: Reducing risks of tourniquets left on after finger and toe surgery. December 2009.
- Kent Imaging, Inc. Announces CE Mark for New Multispectral Imaging Product, Kent’s SnapshotNIR. May 2018.