Bleeding and haemostatic dressings

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Understanding Haemostatic Dressings: Effective Tool for Haemorrhage Control

Research in combat casualty care has demonstrated that haemostatic dressings are notably more efficient than ordinary gauze for controlling haemorrhage. But what are haemostatic dressings, and how do they work?

What Are Haemostatic Dressings?

Haemostatic dressings are special products designed to react with blood to help cease bleeding. They come in different types, each with its specific usage, price, and complexity. It's important to note that several community and public access bleed kits contain a haemostatic dressing, although the brand may vary.

Using Haemostatic Dressings Correctly

Due to the diversity in brands and types of haemostatic dressings, it's crucial to read the instructions if you're not familiar with the particular brand. Some dressings cannot be simply placed on the skin; they need to be packed into the wound, which may not be possible with certain injuries, like a knife cut. However, the primary action to control bleeding is to apply direct and intense pressure, which effectively slows the bleed.

Getting the Most Out of Haemostatic Dressings

When these dressings are available, it's essential to know their correct usage and to act promptly. Pack the wound with the haemostatic dressing and maintain pressure. Some haemostatic dressings, like WoundClot, are more versatile. They can not only be packed into a wound but also placed onto it. WoundClot forms a gel-like plug that aids the body's natural healing process, thereby repairing the damage. This dressing is easy to use and doesn't have the same limitations as other haemostatic dressings.