Products to Help
Stop Bleeding Quickly
By LAURA JOHANNES
July 3, 2007; Page D6
New advances in technologies that stem bleeding have been
saving lives in emergency rooms and the war in Iraq. Now similar
advances are being used in consumer products that treat bleeding,
including powders, bandages and nose plugs. The makers of
these products say they help stanch bleeding from cuts, nosebleeds
and more-serious wounds. Doctors say many of the products
promote clotting, but caution that deep cuts, or those where
tendons are damaged, still require medical attention.
have long used styptic pencils, known for their sting, to
treat minor cuts, like those from an extra-close shave. Now
an array of products can stem bleeding from larger wounds.
In general, you still need to apply pressure to the wound
but the products are designed to speed the process. As always,
wash the wound first.
Sport, a consumer version of a product used to save soldiers'
lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, just went on sale from Z-Medica
Corp., of Wallingford, Conn. It's a porous sack filled with
a highly absorbent mineral from lava rocks. You place it on
the wound and it pulls the water from the blood, leaving behind
by Biolife LLC of Sarasota, Fla., is a powder sprinkled on
wounds. Used in emergency rooms by the bottle, the consumer
version involves single-use blister packs. The powder is made
from tiny plastic beads and potassium salt that react with
blood to quickly form an artificial scab.
bandage and gauze products made from cellulose are designed
to form a gel-like substance when they come in contact with
blood, speeding clotting. BloodStop, a bandage sold under
the CVS private label, contains microdispersed oxidized cellulose,
or m.doc, which is supplied by Alltracel Pharmaceuticals PLC
Plus Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., sells a gauze product made
from cellulose that's also called BloodStop. LifeScience says
it has trademarked the brand name and has asked CVS's distributor
to stop using it. The distributor, NutraMax Products Inc.
of Gloucester, Mass., says it had been using that name for
more than six months before it heard from LifeScience.
of the products can be used for nosebleeds. QR powder has
a a special applicator for that purpose, while other products
can be wadded up the nose. An alternative is NasalCease, which
is a single-use bundle of fine fibers made from brown seaweed
extract that can be placed in the nose. Catalina Healthcare,
a Mendon, N.Y., company that sells the product, says it aids
clotting and also absorbs a large quantity of blood without
are few, if any, published scientific studies on the consumer
products, but some doctors give them high marks. "They
are very good and very cost-effective," says James Adams,
chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Northwestern
Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Adams, who has no relationship
to any company selling blood-stopping products, adds that
he particularly likes the QR powder. "You get an immediate
scab," he adds.