June 12, 2023

FDA letter on supply shortage of nonsterile, single-use pneumatic tourniquet cuffs

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

In a June 5 letter to healthcare providers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is aware of US healthcare facilities and providers experiencing supply constraints of nonsterile, single-use pneumatic tourniquet cuffs.

The cuffs are used in elective limb surgeries and in emergency and trauma settings.

During the supply interruption, the FDA is recommending conservation strategies, such as using alternative devices and reusing existing devices after appropriate sterilization/disinfection procedures.


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