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

Lancet. 2000 Jan 1;355(9197):44. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(99)04051-9.


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.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • Cross Infection / etiology*
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Equipment Reuse
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital
  • Humans
  • London
  • Risk Factors
  • Tourniquets / microbiology*