Increasingly, EMS systems across the country are adding topical hemostatic agents to their prehospital treatment of hemorrhage (Kerby & Cusick, 2012). Topical hemostatic agents are available as powders, granules or dressings composed of traditional gauze or dressings impregnated with the active agent.
In respect to this, what are Hemostatics used for?
An antihemorrhagic (antihæmorrhagic) agent is a substance that promotes hemostasis (stops bleeding). It may also be known as a hemostatic (also spelled hæmostatic) agent. A styptic (also spelled stiptic) is a specific type of antihemorrhagic agent that works by contracting tissue to seal injured blood vessels.
What does hemostatic mean?
Hemostasis or haemostasis is a process which causes bleeding to stop, meaning to keep blood within a damaged blood vessel (the opposite of hemostasis is hemorrhage). It is the first stage of wound healing. This involves coagulation, blood changing from a liquid to a gel.
What is a hemostatic gauze?
Hemostatic agents such as Celox, QuikClot and Hemcon are designed to promote rapid blood coagulation in the event of a traumatic wound involving an arterial bleed. The use of Celox hemostatic granules and chitosan-impregnated gauze can quickly and safely stop blood flow from potentially lethal wounds.