QuikClot Combat Gauze
World statistics suggest that 60% of death on the battlefield and in civilian trauma injuries is caused by uncontrolled hemorrhage.
The bleeding from the arterial injury is so severe that a casualty dies before they get any medical care.
Taking into account these data, tactical medicine protocols suggest using effective topical hemostatic agents, QuikClot Combat Gauze Z-Fold in particular.
Today many new hemostatic agents are being developed and used which while contacting the blood due to their physical and chemical properties stop critical bleeding.
One of the reasons for the development of hemostatic agents is the need to stop bleeding in places in which tourniquet use is not feasible (for example, to control blood loss from a ruptured blood vessel in the groin neck or the buttocks).
A qualitative change of hemostatic agents is that they do not affect blood vessels or nerves, do not block blood flow and have no negative effects such as in case of tourniquets or bandages.
One of such hemostatic agents is QuikClot Combat Gauze Z-Fold, which is recommended by the TCCC and is used by Ukrainian Military who were trained in “Patriot Defence” and received individual first aid kits (IFAKs).
What is QuikClot Combat Gauze Z-Fold
QuikClot Combat Gauze is hemostatic dressing for control of bleeding by enhancing natural blood clotting mechanisms to accelerate clot formation and simultaneous closing of the wound.
Impregnated with an advanced natural hemostatic agent, Combat Gauze is an essential tool to stop severe bleeding and close a wound. The newest generations of QuikClot generate no heat, therefore cause no thermal injuries, and can be used for both children and adults.
These characteristics and its high efficacy in controlling life-threatening hemorrhage made QuikClot Combat Gauze Z-Fold the first-choice for the US Army. Today it is the only product carried by all branches of the US Military.
Vacuum pack, sterile
Compact and light (packaged in 3 in. x 4 yd lengths)
Impregnated with kaolin
- Easy to use
How It Works
One of the benefits of QuikClot Combat Gauze Z-Fold is its packing. The gauze is in a z-fold format and the vacuum packed feature makes it much more compact which is very important in terms of saving room in IFAKs. It is easy to use while packing deep severe bleeding wounds, such as those suffered from a gunshot or stab. The user simply packs the Combat Gauze dressing into the wound to stop bleeding quickly and does not risk dropping the roll.
QuikClot Combat Gauze Z-Fold is individually packaged in a vacuum-sealed protective foil pouch with directions and indications for medical personnel on the back. That is why it is recommended to keep the package with the casualty so that doctors knew which dressing had been used.
Within the package there is a soft, white, sterile, nonwoven 3-inch x 4-yard gauze. An X-ray detectable blue strip that is incorporated in the QuikClot Combat Gauze Z-Fold ensures that the gauze will be found even when it becomes blood soaked.
QuikСlot is impregnated with hemostatic agent, kaolin, an inert mineral that does not contain animal or human proteins or botanicals. Since 2008 hemostatic agents QuikСlot are produced with hydrated kaolin, which does not cause burns like powder gauze dressings and does not cause allergic reactions like chitosan- or thrombinum-based hemostatic gauze dressings.
When kaolin contacts the blood it immediately initiates the clotting process by binding to red blood cells to form gel and stops arterial bleeding in 2-3 minutes and venous bleeding in seconds.
The 2013 study of a series hemostatic agents found that QuikClot Combat Gauze “was the most effective at controlling hemorrhage” and was “rated as the easiest dressing to use by the soldiers.”
QuikClot Combat Gauze is the most effective when applied with tourniquet and Israeli compression bandage. Independent studies have shown that the use of modern hemostatic agents decreased the percentage of mortality and morbidity resulting from uncontrolled hemorrhage on the battlefield. Topical hemostatic agents are useful for treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage that is not amenable to tourniquet placement.