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Lancet. 2000 Jan 1;355(9197):44.

Potential risk of cross-infection during peripheral-venous access by contamination of tourniquets.

Abstract

We found that a high proportion of reusable tourniquets are contaminated with blood and bacterial pathogens. Their use contravenes hospital cross-infection control protocols and we therefore recommend the use of disposable tourniquets.

PMID:
10615896
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