Tourniquets in phlebotomy

Bernath V
Record ID 32003000696
Authors' objectives:

This aim of this report was to assess whether, in blood sample collection, the use of a fresh tourniquet for each patient each time is associated with lower infection rates than the reuse of tourniquets.

Authors' recomendations: - No studies were identified which compared reused tourniquets with fresh tourniquets. - No studies were identified which met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. - Four studies were identified in which surrogate outcomes (the presence of blood or microorganisms on tourniquets) were used to investigate the contamination of tourniquets, but no studies were found linking contamination with infection.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2002
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Blood Specimen Collection
  • Infection Control
  • Tourniquets
Organisation Name: Centre for Clinical Effectiveness
Contact Address: Monash Institute of Health Services Research, Block E, Monash Medical Centre, Locked Bag 29, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia. Tel: +61 3 9594 7505; Fax: +61 3 9594 7552.
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Copyright: Centre for Clinical Effectiveness (CCE)
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