Bloodstop Hemostatic Gauze

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Bloodstop Hemostatic Gauze

Grade: ? I hope I never have to use it.

As an Eagle Scout, I always try to be prepared. So when the folk at BloodStop sent a pack of their gauzes for testing, I immediately put a couple into the bag. The others, I put into the large first aid kit in my car.

I hope I never have to use them. I am certainly not going to slice up an arm or leg to run a test.

The product is a fiber cellulose gauze that is supposed to stop bleeding very quickly. I imagine that it would be overkill for a minor cut, but could very well come in handy for a more major incident.

A few years ago, my sons and I were at a local historic site, when Thing Two fell and rammed a stick deep into his upper arm. We removed the stick but the bleeding just wouldn’t stop. I went through every gauze and microfiber towel in the car before deciding to take him to urgent care. This would have been very useful to have at that point.

Postscript: a few months later, the mostly healed wound on his arm got very red and I took him back to the doctor. The Doc took some x-rays and determined that there were still several chunks of wood in the arm. Thing Two was quite brave as the Doc reopened the wound, and dug around for the bits of wood. Eventually four not-insignificant bits were extracted.

 

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