FAQs

Do OMNA Tourniquets Come In Any Other Languages? Yes, all products including tourniquets can be custom made in any language for bulk orders.

What About Improvised Tourniquets? In a recent study, Doyle and Taillac concluded that improvised tourniquets are neither safe nor effective. (Doyle & Taillac, 2006). They also have significant drawbacks in application speed, are untested, cannot be applied one-handed, and are more likely to cause limb damage. 

I Don't See My Country Listed As A Shipping Option? OMNA Amphibious Tourniquets, and Tourniquet Leashes are Class 1 medical devices. This means OMNA is required to have medical device representation in all countries we sell products. Therefore, we need sufficient demand to sell in new markets. Help us, help others, by expanding.

 

HOW LONG CAN A TOURNIQUET BE WORN?

Recent battlefield studies estimate that a tourniquet can be used with relatively low risk of complications when used properly. Risk of complications doesn't begin to rise until at or  after 2 hours. Tourniquets are routinely used in orthopedic surgery, and in some pre-hospital cases have been worn for several hours without the loss of a limb. Contrary to myths perpetuated in the past, tourniquet use does not mean you will lose a limb. There are a wide array of variables that come into play. Chief amongst those are how long the tourniquet has been applied, and if an actual medical device (tourniquet) is used. Tourniquet use with proper training, equipment,  and within basic life support parameters is key. 

ARE TOURNIQUETS SAFE?

Yes, when properly used and applied correctly tourniquets are a safe means to stop life threatening bleeding. The alternative of not stopping life threatening bleeding typically leads to death.

The following are Doppler Ultrasound images of a validation test of OMNA Tourniquets that show the effectiveness and safety of our tourniquets. Red indicates arterial blood flow, and blue indicates venous blood flow. The test was performed by an Ultrasound Technologist (RVT), and signed by a Medical Doctor (MD). The first image shows normal arterial and venous blood flow of the right femoral artery mid thigh before tourniquet application. The second image shows 100% arterial and venous occlusion when the OMNA Tourniquet applied. The third image shows the return of normal arterial blood flow once the tourniquet was removed.

HOW IS A TOURNIQUET APPLIED? 

See instructions page.

HOW QUICKLY CAN SOMEONE BLEED OUT AND DIE? 

In as little as 3 minutes! Hypovolemic shock, also called hemorrhagic shock, is a life-threatening condition that results when you lose more than 20 percent (one-fifth) of your body’s blood or fluid supply. This severe fluid loss makes it impossible for the heart to pump sufficient blood to your body. Hypovolemic shock can cause many of your organs to fail. The condition requires immediate emergency medical attention in order to survive.

  • According to the Mayo Clinic, hemorrhagic shock is the leading cause of death in people with traumatic injuries (Mayo Clinic).

WARNING: Graphic content which may not be suitable for all viewers. This alleged bank robber is shot in the leg around the 30 second mark, and is unconscious 30-40 seconds later. This is an example of how fast a person can become unconscious and bleed out. That is why you need a real tourniquet with you at all times; makeshift tourniquets are not effective and take more time to figure out, and you don't have a surplus of time when you are bleeding.

WHAT SHOULD A PERSON BE DOING ONCE A TOURNIQUET IS APPLIED?

Tourniquets are not a replacement for definitive hospital care. They are a class 1 prehospital emergency medical device that are used to stop bleeding so that a injured person can be transported to a hospital. In the event of using the tourniquet configuration of OMNA's products seek medical attention immediately.

WHY IS USING THE LEASH CORD A BAD IDEA?

  • Its not a medical device
  • Its not a tourniquet
  • Its not designed to be a tourniquet or medical device
  • Not made with a quality management system
  • It can't be secured in place
  • Can't be used one-handed
  • Does not have a mechanical advantage to tighten
  • Not self-locking
  • No instructions
  • No proven results
  • Urethane use and exposure to stretching degrades the material
  • Not intended to be used as a tourniquet
  • Unreliable compression
  • The material is made to stretch, and stretches even when you don't want
  • Loss of pressure over time
  • Compression forces may exceed safe pressures
  • Greater chance of nerve injury
  • Greater risk of fasciotomy 
  • Compression forces may not reach total arterial occlusion
  • Compression forces may stop venous blood flow and not arterial blood flow leading to complications or limb loss.
  • Greater chance of compartment syndrome
  • Increased risk of complications
  • The narrow cord can cause a additional tissue or nerve damage. (Fig 1.0)

(Fig 1.0)

The following are Doppler Ultrasound images of a validation test attempt to use a normal 7mm Leash (Leg rope, Leggy) Cord as a tourniquet. Red indicates arterial blood flow, and blue indicates venous blood flow. The test was performed by an Ultrasound Technologist (RVT), and signed by a Medical Doctor (MD). The first image shows normal arterial and venous blood flow of the right femoral artery mid thigh before Leash Cord wrapped around thigh. The Leash Cord was then wrapped around the thigh to bind on itself, and further wrapped around the leg several times thereafter with maximum pressure applied. The second image shows that the Leash Cord does not fully occlude arterial blood flow.

WHY ARE OMNA'S TOURNIQUETS BETTER?

Is a medical device (tourniquet)

Multi-purpose

Unparalleled comfort, convenience, and versatility

Made from corrosion resistant marine grade materials

Wearable on your body or equipment

Instructions on device

Self-locking ratcheting mechanism

Superior pressure gradient

Precision compression

100% medical device regulatory compliant

Backed by an 21 CFR 820 FDA compliant quality management system 

Made in ISO 9001 & ISO 13485 (Medical Devices) facilty

TGA & EU conformity

Wider webbing widths which means less compression needed for occlusion

Multiple safety factor layers designed into our medical devices

How Do OMNA TQs Compare On Price To Other TQs? OMNAs Amphibious Tourniquet is designed so that you don't need a carrying pouch. See how it compares to others with their pouches below:

 

 

 

 

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