CAUTION!The garment is contraindicated in cardiogenic shock, penetrating abdominal or chest trauma with hemorrhage, or congestive heart failure. In patients who are bleeding as a result of penetrating trauma, the pressure in the garment may raise systemic vascular resistance (SVR) and increase the rate and volume of blood loss.
Inflatable compartments are filled to appropriate pressure (approx. 104 mm Hg or until the pop-off valves begin to leak), from the bottom up, and inflation is maintained until venous access and fluid resuscitation are initiated. Compartments are then deflated from top to bottom; the patient's blood pressure and pulse are monitored frequently for evidence of hypotension. See: anti-G suit