How To Stop The Bleeding With QuikClot
If you, or someone else becomes injured with a very bad traumatic bleeding wound, chances are that even if you have a typical first aid kit with you, it will not have what you need to stop the bleeding. Think about it… most first aid kits have an assortment of typical size bandages for cuts and scrapes, a few gauze bandages (often 2×2″ and 4×4″), gauze tape, and a few other supplies. The thing is, what are you going to do if someone gets a deep and profusely bleeding wound? Do you have what you need to effectively stop the bleeding until you can get professional help?
Every first aid kit ‘should’ contain a product like the following, or something similar in effectiveness.
Stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available. Quikclot speeds coagulation of blood, resulting in a stable clot that stops bleeding. Stops bleeding quicker than conventional methods and is safe to leave on wounds until more advanced medical help arrives.
When a fellow backpacker slipped while carrying his pack saw, he cut his upper thigh pretty badly. Although no major vessels were involved, the wound bled profusely. This QuikClot product was applied to the wound with direct pressure and then bound in place. While the wound was not extraordinarily severe, the injured man was quite upset by the amount of blood he appeared to be losing prior to application of the dressing. Once the QuikClot product was in place and a thick sterile pad secured over it, only a small amount of blood was visible. This added tremendously to reassure the injured man that he was not in great danger from bleeding. Others in our party assisted the man back to the trail head and he was taken to a local hospital where the laceration was sutured.
Quick clot is a natural enzyme that starts the blod clotting process in the body. Our bodies have small amounts of it that are there naturally, except for hemophiliacs. Quick clot is simply concentrated to a high level.
The US Army & Marines have chosen quick clot to stop battlefield bleeding and loss of blood volume and pressure.
You should also have a roll of gauze to go with the quick clot to hold it in place. I have read recommendations to use the following product to hold the QuikClot bandage in place, a product that is included in the U.S. Military’s IFAK, or individual first aid kit.
While the Israeli battle dressing comes with a 6″ bandage, simply apply the QuikClot bandage to the wound first, then wrap it up with the Israeli battle dressing bandage.
Although primarily designed to help staunch blood flow by applying pressure to the wound site, the 70-inch long elastic portion of the bandage can also be used in the field to construct a sling, to bind a strain or sprain, to secure splints to the broken limb, or even as an improvised tourniquet.
Don’t take chances with your life. Instead, be ready to stop the bleeding…
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