- First Aid
Hemostatic Gauze for Bleeding Control
Great for Bleeding!
Today, with many people including seniors develop blood clots or heart conditions including atrial fibrillation and other heart arrhythmias, many times they are started on anticoagulation therapy such as Coumadin (Warfarin) to help prevent the development of blood clot formation.
These medications are designed to keep the blood from coagulating or developing blood clots, Often seniors refer to these products as "blood thinners." As a result, people develop increase risk for bleeding when they develop skin tears or abrasions and many times struggle to stop the bleeding and can take extended periods of time to get the bleeding controlled.
Now, there is a great new inexpensive alternative holding pressure for long periods and saturating standard, traditional gauze. Welcome Soluble Hemostatic Gauze!
How it Works
The Soluble Hemostatic Gauze developed by EMED in El Dorado Hills, California. The gauze works by utilizing a hemostatic process. Immediately as the product comes into contact with blood, the gauze material turns into a gel-like consistency and has the ability to absorb large amounts of fluid that causes the blood to be come concentrated and viscous.
The hemostatic gauze dressing forms an adhesive barrier and lining the wound bed and sealing it to prevent further bleeding and promoting clotting to stop the bleeding and being the healing process.
EMED Soluble Hemostatic Gauze
- 100% natural cellulose
- Works in Seconds to stop bleeding
- Decreases time for healing and prevents recurrent bleeding
- Painless application and removal
- Allows for observation of the wound for monitoring
EMED Soluble Hemostatic Gauze products are sterile and appear white or yellow in color. They are prepared by the chemical treatment of regenerated cellulose. This product is excellent for first-aid kits and for the home of seniors and others who at at increased risk for bleeding and have a risk of obtaining a skin tear or other skin abrasions. The gauze quickly turns to a gel that fills the wound and seals capillary ends and promotes activation of the bodies clotting mechanism thereby helping to stop bleeding.
This product is being used by health care professionals and emergency medical service paramedics around the United States.
I found the gauze to perform dramatically on the incidents I have been involved in. In all incidents the gauze has stopped bleeding immediately without further intervention. After removal of the bandage, the remaining gauze could be washed away with water without reopening the wound and restarting the bleeding ~ Merrill B., Salt Lake City Fire Dept.
This speciality gauze is ideal for small cuts, abrasions or skin tears that can occur as people age and skin becomes thin with increased fragility upon bumping against walls, car doors and other areas that easily cause the skin to tear.
Instructions for use
- Ideally, you want to clean the wound. If an emergency situation than you may skip this step to promote faster activation of the product to stop the bleeding
- Apply gauze to cover the bleeding site. It can be cut or folded to fit the size of the wound.
- Gently press the wound site until bleeding stops.
- After bleeding stops, cleanse site with clean water to moisten the gauze
- Excess gel can be rinsed away with water without disturbing the wound and causing the site to start bleeding.
- You may repeat the above steps with additional gauzes as needed to assist with stopping the bleed. If continues, contact your physician or seek assistance at the emergency room.
This article was written by James Constanzer, registered nurse and owner of VitalLifeSenior.com an online retail senior care company founded to provide seniors with the best medical supplies, mobility equipment, vitamins and supplements they need to maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle.
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