The Tourniquet Manual - principles and practice provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the safe use of the tourniquet by using a physiological approach which ensures good practice. Starting from a historical background the reader learns the detailed effects of ischaemia on the vulnerable tissues, especially muscle and nerve. The effects of releasing the tourniquet on the systemic circulation and the complicated biochemistry of the ischaemia-reperfusion response are explained. Complications and good practice are discussed. There is a chapter on the latest technological advances in tourniquets. This book provides a coherent account of the subject and is an invaluable source of references. It will help avoid medicolegal problems and promote good practice by surgeons, anaesthetists and operation theatre technicians alike and should be in every theatre office.
Table of contents
Introduction.- The historical background.- The effect of the tourniquet on the limb and on the systemic circulation.- The ischaemia-reperfusion syndrome.- Exsanguination.- Complications.- The tourniquet used for anaesthesia.- Technology and practice.