PFC Podcast 154: Tourniquet Conversion with Jamie

In today’s episode, we’re diving into the topic of tourniquet conversion. With conflicts happening globally, it’s crucial to understand the difference between tourniquet conversion and replacement. Conversion means finding an alternative to control bleeding when the tourniquet is no longer needed. Replacement involves swapping a tourniquet for a more effective one. Conversion timing depends on the tactical situation and patient’s resuscitation status. You should consider…

resuscitating the patient before converting, ensuring they’re warm, non-coagulopathic, and ideally have a systolic blood pressure above 90. Science-wise, the two-hour rule may have originated from studies in cooler environments. Converting tourniquets in austere settings requires confidence and proper patient assessment. Crush syndrome, re-bleeding, and metabolic changes can be concerns when converting tourniquets. Use bicarb cautiously to mitigate potential acidosis. Calcium can also help, but pay attention to the specific calcium source and dosing. The goal is to save lives while minimizing limb loss.

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