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2019 Recommended Limb Tourniquets in Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Winter 2019

Montgomery HR, Hammesfahr R, Fisher AD, Cain JS, Greydanus DJ, Butler FK, Goolsby AM, Eastman AL. 19(4). 27 - 50. (Journal Article)

Abstract

Military and civilian trauma can be distinctly different but the leading cause of preventable trauma deaths in the prehospital environment, extremity hemorrhage, does not discriminate. The current paper is the most comprehensive review of limb tourniquets employable in the tactical combat casualty care environment and provides the first update to the CoTCCC-recommended limb tourniquets since 2005. This review also highlights the lack of unbiased data, official reporting mechanisms, and official studies with established criteria for evaluating tourniquets. Upon review of the data, the CoTCCC voted to update the recommendations in April 2019.

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