A reflection in times of pandemic: can the application of a tourniquet for blood collection still be considered a safe practice?

Carlos Hernani C. Marmol
J. Bras. Patol. Med. Lab. 2021;57(1):1
DOI: 10.5935/1676-2444.20210031

Dear editor,

The year is 2021, but some issues seem to remain in the 1980s when the topic involves patient safety. The continuous and irresponsible tourniquet application in patients at the time of blood collection for laboratory tests(1) puts us on high alert in times of pandemic.

Laboratory blood tests generate results that influence medical actions by up to 70%(2). In this scenario, access to single-use disposables in a hospital environment has become a source of protection and defense of collective or personal health. Latex gloves for procedures, disposable syringes, and needles, a vacuum blood collection system, among others, are tools that directly contribute to public health.Read more . . .