Hair toe tourniquets: a review of two case studies
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Hair toe tourniquets: a review of two case studies

Julia Booth Senior lecturer, Coventry University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Coventry, England
Tim Morse Senior lecturer, Coventry University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Coventry, England

Digit hair tourniquets are relatively uncommon. There are reports in the literature of hair tourniquets involving other appendages, such as the penis and uvula, however the phenomenon is not widely recognised and is often overlooked by healthcare professionals. This article discusses two case studies in which hair was responsible for creating a tourniquet around a digit. The article explores possible causes and management options for patients, with reference to the case studies. Midwives and health visitors are central to minimising the risk of injury to children as they can educate expectant mothers about this potential problem.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2018.e1756

Citation

Booth J, Morse T (2018) Hair toe tourniquets: a review of two case studies. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2018.e1756

Correspondence

julia.booth@coventry.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 22 May 2018

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