Author: ERin Robinson (Territory Development Manager)
You’ve heard the term “hack” before. Miriam Webster defines a hack as a strategy or technique for managing one’s time or activities more efficiently. In fact, there are companies that have been founded with the mission of creating content like “50 Simple Remodeling Hacks to Completely Transform Your Home” and “45 Kitchen Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner”. While I’m sure you’ve used hacks like the ones mentioned above to make your life easier, wouldn’t you agree that these do-it-yourself tips and tricks are best kept in your home and garden, rather than your medical care?
Below are 3 disposable tourniquet hacks that we’ve encountered over the years. Each of these hacks are associated with known patient safety risks, or at best, can lead to patient discomfort. Fortunately, we’ve worked with healthcare facilities for decades to create safe and effective solutions so that you’ll never need to ”hack” your disposable tourniquets again!
Hack #1: Tying 2 Adult Tourniquets Together for Bariatric Patients
PlatinumCode Solution: The standard length of adult tourniquets is 18 inches, but body types vary wildly. Unfortunately, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach doesn’t work in healthcare, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a disposable tourniquet that fits each patient. Instead of tying two tourniquets together, potentially causing physical and emotional discomfort for the patient, use a longer, wider band like our 32 inch long Bariatric Tourniquet to respectfully accommodate the patient.
Hack #2: Cutting a Tourniquet in Half for Pediatric Patients
PlatinumCode Solution: As mentioned above, patients come in many shapes and sizes. A standard disposable tourniquet is often too large for pediatric patients and the most common “tourniquet hack” in the industry (cutting a tourniquet in half) is used to solve this problem. By using a single-use, disposable tourniquet that was made with pediatric patients in mind, you can use a band that is slightly narrower at 0.75 inches, and only 12 inches long. It’s the perfect size for pediatric patients, from toddlers to school-aged children! Cutting scissors out of this process (pun intended) not only saves time, but also eliminates the risk of introducing bacteria to the tourniquet, and subsequently the patient.
Hack #3: Using Rubber Bands or Gloves for Infant Patients
PlatinumCode Solution: The most shocking tourniquet hack I’ve ever heard of is using rubber bands in place of tourniquets for the littlest patients of all: infants. Not only was it hard to hear, but I could tell it was hard for the clinician to share. Beyond the use of rubber bands, I’ve heard from care providers that the fingertip cut from an exam glove also makes a ‘great’ substitute in a pinch. Instead, why not use a tourniquet made with tiny patients in mind, like PlatinumCode Infant Tourniquets? Not only are these tourniquets soft in texture and ready-made for tiny limbs, but you don’t need to worry about cross-contamination from scissors, potential latex allergies from other materials, or the risk of a leave-on accident due to non-tourniquet materials blending in.
Given the fact that hacks are meant to improve efficiency, maybe the real hack is using products that do all the work for you? With a specialty size tourniquet for every class of patient, we’ve made your new tourniquet hacks safe, efficient, and easy.
Do you want to test out this new hack free of charge? Simply request samples of any of our non-latex disposable tourniquets via the form below and we’ll send some out!