There are many types of hemostatic gauze, but they all serve the same basic purpose: to stop the bleeding from a junctional area (i.e. the shoulders, hip, groin, neck and upper torso) not manageable with a tourniquet.The Mobilize Rescue System uses the QuikClot Bleeding Control Dressing designed "to stop bleeding of superficial wounds, minor cuts, and abrasions." QuikClot contains kaolin, an inorganic mineral that enhances the body's ability to form a clot (and is hypoallergenic and produces no exothermic reaction).
How to apply QuikClot:
Pull the QuikClot from the package, carefully wadding the contents into your fist. You don't want the QuickClot to touch anything except your gloved hand. It's not sterile once it's out of the package, but you should try to maintain an 'aseptic technique' (keep it as clean as possible). Dry Quikclot is critical to ensure that the kaolin activates when it contacts the blood in the wound.Take the ball and press it (wadded up) firmly onto the wound. Placing the gauze and kaolin as close to the site of bleeding as possible is important for good clot formation.Hold steady, firm pressure (with both hands!) for three minutes. The pressure slows blood flow while the kaolin accelerates the formation of blood clots. At the end of three minutes, apply a pressure dressing. A pressure dressing will hold the QuikClot in place so you can call 911, treat other injuries and make sure that the victim is as warm, or move on and treat additional victims in the area.
That's it! By knowing these simple steps, and having access to QuikClot, you can save lives while an ambulance is en route. Something to add to this blog? Share it in the comments!