QuikClot haemostats promote clotting within minutes

January 3, 2019

 QuikClot® haemostatic devices are different from standard surgical gauzes and other hemostatic agents. They stop bleeding significantly faster and are more effective than standard gauzes—and they are just as safe and intuitive to use.

Unlike other haemostats, QuikClot® devices are impregnated with kaolin, an inorganic mineral that accelerates the body’s natural clotting ability and produces no exothermic reaction. You or your team can achieve hemostasis confidently—without worry of instigating an allergic response.

 

Rotational Thromboelastometry (ROTEM) is used in bleeding situations to assess the viscoelastic properties of whole blood hemostasis.  In vitro, ROTEM demonstrates the kinetics of clot formation associated with the interaction of enzymatic coagulation factors, fibrinogen, platelets and cellular components and is a recommended diagnostic tool for assessment and guidance when controlling bleeding.  Clot Time (CT) describes the onset of clot formation (in sec), Clot Formation Time (CFT) shows clot propagation (in sec), and the alpha angle (α) is taken tangent to the clotting curve at 2mm (in degrees ᵒ).  

QuikClot treated blood shows a faster CT, shorter CFT and steeper α than blood alone which indicates that the clot is activated quickly and amplifies rapidly.  The greater the amplitude of the graph, the firmer the clot (A10, MCF: maximum clot firmness).  As can be seen in the graph, QuikClot treated blood forms a firmer clot faster than untreated blood.  

 

 

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