Haemostatic dressings

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Special dressings, named haemostatic dressings, can be used if the bleed is serious. These are used extensively in the military and by paramedics, but can be found in places where serious bleeds are more likely, such as in taxis or in bars. Haemostatic dressings work by reacting with the blood, once applied, and effectively clog up the wound, helping to stop the bleeding. You are not expected to be able to use these perfectly, but knowing the basic information about how to use one may be the difference between life and death.

Celox is an agent which normally comes in granules. There are different ways of applying this agent, but they react with the blood very quickly – within three minutes. These are good substitutes for tourniquets, and they do not do any other harm to the limb.

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