Prehospital tourniquet use in Operation Iraqi Freedom: effect on hemorrhage control and outcomes.

@article{Beekley2008PrehospitalTU,
  title={Prehospital tourniquet use in Operation Iraqi Freedom: effect on hemorrhage control and outcomes.},
  author={Alec C. Beekley and James A Sebesta and Lorne H. Blackbourne and Garth S Herbert and David Seth Kauvar and David G. Baer and T. J. Walters and Philip S. Mullenix and John B. Holcomb},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={2008},
  volume={64 2 Suppl},
  pages={S28-37; discussion S37}
}
BACKGROUND Up to 9% of casualties killed in action during the Vietnam War died from exsanguination from extremity injuries. Retrospective reviews of prehospital tourniquet use in World War II and by the Israeli Defense Forces revealed improvements in extremity hemorrhage control and very few adverse limb outcomes when tourniquet times are less than 6 hours. HYPOTHESIS We hypothesized that prehospital tourniquet use decreased hemorrhage from extremity injuries and saved lives, and was not… CONTINUE READING

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