Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EDC First Aid - QuikClot Sport

I've written about this numerous times, because I am a firm believer that having a First Aid Kit is a very important part of your EDC. You never know when an emergency, minor or serious, can occur. Emergencies that require first aid attention are some of the most dangerous, so it would make sense to try and prepare for them.

QuikClot is a product that's easy to have with you
and can save a life.
Even a minor scrape can become a serious infection in today's day of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Such a problem can be easily avoided with simple first-aid supplies.

For injuries that are especially serious, and by that I mean injuries that involve heavy bleeding, there is a lightweight product that just might save a life. This product is called QuikClot. QuikClot is a hemostatic agent, meaning that it stops bleeding. It contains a mineral called kaolin, which starts the body's natural blood clotting mechanism..

QuikClot used to be used as a powder, but was found to be safer and more effective as an impregnated sponge, which is what QuikClot Sport is. This product comes in two sizes: 3.5" x 3.5" and 5" x 5"

Directions for using QuikClot are very simple.
To use this product, place it on a wound and apply pressure until the bleeding stops. Then wrap the sponge with a material to secure the wound and seek medical attention.

While I have never used this product, there are videos on YouTube of this product being used on animals and stopping bleeding instantly. Due to the graphic nature of such videos, I will not show them here.

Serious injuries do happen. They're not confortable to think about, but if ever confronted with one, you'll be happy that you were prepared with QuikClot. Since this product only weighs about 1-2 ounces, throwing one into your First Aid Kit wouldn't be a large burden, but would greatly increase your ability to deal with emergencies that involve serious bleeding.

Do any of you have any experience with QuikClot? If so, let me know in the comments below.