Abdominal aortic tourniquet controls junctional hemorrhage from a gunshot wound of the axilla

John Croushorn, Gregory Thomas, Scott R. McCord

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Abstract

Junctional hemorrhage, bleeding from the areas at the junction of the trunk and its appendages, is a difficult problem in trauma. These areas are not amenable to regular tourniquets as they cannot fit to give circumferential pressure around the extremity. Junctional arterial injuries can rapidly lead to death by exsanguination, and out-of-hospital control of junctional bleeding can be lifesaving. The present case report describes an off-label use of the Abdominal Aortic Tourniquet™ in the axilla and demonstrates its safety and effectiveness of stopping hemorrhage from a challenging wound. To our knowledge, the present report is the first human use of a junctional tourniquet to control an upper extremity junctional hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of special operations medicine : a peer reviewed journal for SOF medical professionals
Volume13
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

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Gunshot Wounds
Tourniquets
Axilla
Hemorrhage
Wounds and Injuries
Exsanguination
Off-Label Use
Upper Extremity
Extremities
Safety
Pressure

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