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Pneumatic Tourniquets

Pneumatic tourniquets are used to occlude blood flow, obtain a near bloodless field for extremity surgery, and confine a bolus of anesthetic in an extremity for intravenous regional anesthesia. Serious patient injuries related to the use of pneumatic tourniquets are uncommon, but risk is present. Complications may include pain, temperature changes, swelling, and cardiovascular, respiratory, cerebral circulatory, and hematological effects.


This course provides guidance to perioperative team members on the use of pneumatic tourniquets. This includes testing, applying, and cleaning equipment, and how to use it for safe patient care.

Gap Analysis/Purpose

After taking this course, the perioperative nurse will understand the clinical considerations of using pneumatic tourniquets and will be able to identify measures to minimize the risk of patient injury.


  • Understand the clinical implications of the use of the pneumatic tourniquet.
  • Identify safety measures to decrease risk of patient injury caused by use of the pneumatic tourniquet.

1.4 Contact Hours

Expires 6/30/20

Course Requirements

To receive 1.4 contact hours for this module, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course consists of 8 modules with a total of 72 questions.

Accreditation, Disclaimer, and Copyright


This program is approved for 1.4 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

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