Non-sterile, single-use pneumatic tourniquet cuffs are in short supply in the US, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In a letter to health care providers, the agency recommends that these devices, which are mainly used in elective limb surgeries and in emergency trauma settings, be conserved when possible and that alternative devices, such as non-pneumatic tourniquet cuffs, be considered when supply is low. Additionally, providers can consider reusing existing devices after following appropriate sterilization and disinfection practices.
The supply issue is compounded by a recent recall of non-sterile disposable tourniquet cuffs. The FDA noted that the situation is being monitored and that manufacturers of tourniquet cuffs are working to increase supply.
Additional recommendations, including conservation strategies are available here. Health care facilities and providers who are unable to maintain a sufficient supply through these conservative measures are urged to contact the FDA at [email protected], in addition to their group purchasing organization, local product representative, distributor, and account manager.
Food and Drug Administration. Non-sterile, single-use pneumatic tourniquet cuffs conservation strategies – Letter to health care providers. Accessed June 7, 2023. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/letters-health-care-providers/non-sterile-single-use-pneumatic-tourniquet-cuffs-conservation-strategies-letter-health-care.