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The use of tourniquets in lower limb trauma surgery to control bleeding and improve the surgical field is a long established practice. In this article, we review the evidence relating to harms and benefits of tourniquet use in lower limb fracture fixation surgery and report the results of a survey on current tourniquet practice among trauma surgeons in the UK.

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Journal article


Bone joint j

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809 - 812


ORIF, fracture, lower limb, tourniquet, trauma, Blood Loss, Surgical, Evidence-Based Medicine, Fracture Fixation, Internal, Humans, Leg Injuries, Pain Measurement, Postoperative Complications, Practice Patterns, Physicians', Surveys and Questionnaires, Tourniquets, United Kingdom