First off, I understand the uses for hemostatic agents. If we can't get them to the trauma center alive, the surgeons can't do anything anyways. But, has anyone talked to any trauma surgeons (either civilian or military) about how they feel about their use? I keep forgeting everytime I'm there without a trauma....
Mostly I am wondering peferences between Quick clot and tourniquets in extremity injuries? There is alot of research out their about both treatments, but I can't find anything that compares the two.
Has anyone used TraumaDex by Medafor Inc.? We looked at using this in our service but never added it to the protocols. It is not a cautery type coagulant it is a polysaccharide that "sucks up" free liquid in the wound and helps to form an instant clot. It is rapidly broken down by enzymatic action in several hours or can be rinsed from the wound using normal saline. Seems like an alternative to QuikClot.