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Surgery Research and Practice
Volume 2014, Article ID 402184, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/402184
Research Article

The Use of the S-MART Tourniquet in Hand Surgery: A Safe and Effective Way to Provide a Bloodless Field

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Galsworthy Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7QB, UK

Received 14 August 2013; Accepted 9 September 2013; Published 2 January 2014

Academic Editors: M. B. Habal, J. A. Tovar, and V. Vecsei

Copyright © 2014 O. Templeton-Ward et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We have retrospectively reviewed our use of the S-MART sterile silicon ring self-exsanguinating tourniquet in 300 consecutive minor hand surgical procedures. A total of 3 postoperative complications were identified, only 1 of which was directly related to the tourniquet’s use. We outline the reasons of why we feel that this device provides a safe and effective bloodless field and the benefits of its use.