A Novel Product For Bleeding Control
When you get a cut, your immediate task is to stop the bleeding. Obviously this is of the upmost importance. You look for bandages or gauze or whatever you have on hand. Once the bleeding has stopped, you may think the job is done; you’re in the clear, right? What you don’t always realize is the job of wound management is just beginning. You are about to start on a day’s long journey of managing your wound. What if you re-bleed? What happens if you soak through or get the dressing wet, and how many times could this happen from start to finish? What if germs or bacteria get in the wound? What if the wound gets infected? Most people don’t think of infections until the wound is oozing icky stuff and they have to go to the doctor for antibiotics. Remember, every time you change wound dressings, you open the wound to infection.
Chapter 1: Traditional Wound Dressings
Ever notice when you put a bandage on certain areas of your body and then you move a certain way, the bandage bows up and you can literally see under it. Most bandages have very little to no adhesive on the sides of that little 1 inch by ¾ of an inch part of the bandage that goes over the wound itself. I call bandages “Bacteria Tunnels”.
Not a good barrier!
STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING and go get a 3’’x3’’ gauze pad. Now go to your office window, close one eye and put the gauze pad up to your other eye and look out. What do you see? That’s right, the cars in the parking lot. You can literally see right through it. Some of the cheaper gauze pads may even let you see that your car needs a wash! This is no exaggeration, try it! I call gauze “Germ Screens”. They keep out the big stuff, pebbles, flies, stray cats. Not a good barrier!
Chapter 2: Other Hemostats
Other hemostats turn to gel when they come in contact with blood. The product label will tell you this forms a “gel-like clot”. Hmmm… is this “gel-like clot” going to hold back blood, especially on a gusher?? Funny… the product labels can be vague about what to do after you form the “gel-like clot”. I would assume though that you leave the gel on, right?
Scenario: I just cut my hand and have used one of these products. – “OK, I have a gel like clot on the cut on my hand and… uh-oh, my cell phone is ringing and it’s in my pocket. Oh crap! I smeared off half of the gel like clot and what’s left has pocket lint on it!! Is it ok to get pocket lint on my gel like clot? I guess I better go get a bandage”. See Chapter 1
While these types of products may stop bleeding, you still have an open wound that could become infected. You still have to manage the wound until that all important body scab forms to keep blood in and contaminants out. Remember, scabs are nature’s way of protecting wounds and preventing infections.
Making sure there is blood on a wound, pour WoundSeal on the area and apply light pressure for 30-45 seconds. That is all the time needed to stop the bleeding and form a seal or artificial scab. At that point, your wound management is done! This artificial scab seals blood in and contaminants out. After 1 ½ hours, the seal will have fully hardened and become water-proof so you can bathe. Now, throughout each hour and day, your wound is protected from contaminants. It is SEALED. The true beauty about WoundSeal is that the seal (artificial scab) stays on until your body forms a natural scab, and then it falls of by itself. You have taken wound management from hours or days to under a minute. You have also reduced the risk of infection. Remember, there are other powders that stop bleeding, but none form a seal over the wound that stays in place until you have a natural scab.
When it comes to cuts and lacerations, it’s not just about stopping the bleeding. Wound management means stopping the bleeding and assuring the wound does not become infected. The real cost to you isn’t so much the initial treatment but the costs associated with infection. Down time, doctor/hospital cost, medications, etc…
Remember, all bleeding stops…one way or another.
Contributed by Nick Wright of Biolife - makers of WoundSeal