Rapid technology advancement in disposable tourniquet cuff is expected to be a major driver for growth of the surgical tourniquets market. According to a study conducted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine-National Institutes of Health, in 2012, use of tourniquet is associated with certain challenges. For instance, obstructing blood flow to a particular limb may result in ischemia, continuous use of tourniquets may result in permanent nerve injury, skin necrosis, etc. Reperfusion injury is also caused by continuous use of tourniquets, reperfusion of tissues can cause inflammation in the damaged areas further causing their damage, and reperfusion can also affect vital organs. To overcome such problems related to inappropriate use of tourniquets, in 2015, SAM Medical, the US-based company launched new product called SAM XT Extremity Tourniquet. This device uses TRUFORCE Buckle Technology which auto locks at a predetermined force, this prevents all slacks which previously was considered as a hindrance. This is successfully achieved by force control at the baseline, which activates its locking prongs into a strap. Other features of this device are that it requires few windlass turns as compared to the other tourniquet, this enables the product to function faster and can be used easily and lastly it also meets MIL-STD 810G for enduring durability.
Road Accidents are one the major factor leading to death. According to European Commission, in 2014, more than 30,000 people died in Europe due to road accidents. These accidents results into serious damage to spinal cord or brain and also fatal limb injuries. According to a report by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) in 2015, healthcare is the fastest growing sector in India. Increasing cases of limb amputation or limb hemorrhage and orthopedic surgeries in geriatric population are expected to propel demand for surgical tourniquets. According to a study conducted by American Stroke Association, in 2017, Hemorrhagic stroke accounted for 13% of the stroke cases. Limb hemorrhage is a common injury caused during military wars.
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A tourniquet is a compressing or constricting device used to control arterial and venous circulation for a long period of time. Major amount of blood is lost in situations such as open surgeries performed on patients with serious affliction or accidents. Surgical tourniquets are majorly used in plastic surgeries and orthopedic surgeries. Surgical tourniquets prevent blood flow to a particular limb, enabling surgeons to work efficiently without the flow of blood in that particular limb which needs to be operated. Surgical Tourniquet devices help surgeon to improve precision and speed with all safety measures. It is majorly used by military surgeons to stop the flow of blood and also for cannulation. Disposable cuffs are frequently used devices to stop the flow of blood as there is negligible risk of cross contamination as these devices are discarded immediately after their use.