The new Trauma Pak with QuikClot includes trauma pads, sterile gauze, wraps and duct tape to secure dressings or improvise a seal for a sucking chest wound, non-latex gloves and bio-hazard disposal bag, and an instructional sheet with information on how to quickly diagnose and treat wounds. A must have item for any hunter!Read more
What is QuikClot?
The original QuikClot brand products derive their primary hemostatic properties from zeolite, a naturally occurring mineral material with fascinating properties that have applications in many areas. One of the amazing properties of zeolite is the tremendous surface area found in a small volume of material. One teaspoon of zeolite provides a surface equal to that of a football field.
Nature provides us with wonderfully redundant systems when it deems a system important to our survival. Certainly, keeping our blood inside our body where it belongs is one of those things important to our survival. Our bodies have multiple complex systems to help make sure this happens. The two main systems are platelet activation and the coagulation cascade. QuikClot brand zeolite based products work in both these systems.
Activated platelets help stop bleeding because they form a plug. This occurs in conjunction with the body's own mechanisms of platelet activation, which occur whenever there is an injury to a blood vessel. QuikClot products also work in the coagulation cascade. The specific engineered zeolite used contains a cation (Ca++) that is a cofactor in many steps of the coagulation cascade. Also, there is evidence that QuikClot facilitates a phenomenon widely known as the 'glass effect'. It has been known since the 1800's that blood clotted faster than otherwise when it came in contact with glass. Since then, it has been shown that this is due to the negative surface charge found on glass. Further research tells us that the negative surface potential activates a protein at the very beginning of the contact pathway, one of the two chains in the coagulation cascade. It has been clearly demonstrated in thromboelastography (TEG) that the surface charge and isoelectric point of inorganic oxides such as zeolite promote rapid onset of clotting and strong clot formation as a result of protein activation in the coagulation cascade.
Furthermore, QuikClot products adsorb water from the blood. Water is trapped in the zeolite and held there by the charge within the zeolite pores, zeolite framework and hydrogen bond formation. This locally concentrates the cellular and large protein components of the blood further catalyzing clot formation.
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