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What are Chitosan Hemostats?

What is chitosan? Chitosan-based products are made from chitin, a natural substance found in shellfish. Chitosan has been shown to have many medical benefits, including rapid control of bleeding and infection prevention. It’s also been shown to speed up wound healing.   Chitosan has a long history as a hemostat (blood stopper) Chitosan has a 20+ year history as a hemostat in Surgery and the Military.  Chitosan has been used by U.S. military, hospitals, and EMS. Chitosan hemostats have even been carried on Air Force One and by US troops in Afghanistan.    How does chitosan work? Chitosan works independent of the clotting cascade – which means chitosan will work whether the body is able to clot blood on its...

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What is Nuisance Bleeding?

What is Nuisance Bleeding? Nuisance Bleeding is a term that is used commonly in the medical community, but not one that is used in everyday life.  Yet Nuisance Bleeding affects nearly everyone at some point.  One of every three adults in the U.S. are on blood thinners or daily aspirin therapy.  Each one of these people is prone to Nuisance Bleeding. Nuisance Bleeding is the prolonged bleeding (longer than 2 to 3 minutes) of minor cuts and scrapes.  Nuisance Bleeding is one of the most common side effects of blood thinners or daily aspirin.  The serious, life-threatening bleeds are the type of bleeding events that get a lot of attention, but those are rare, especially for those who follow the...

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The Low Down on Blood Thinners

What are they? Blood thinners are drugs prescribed by doctors to individuals with or at high risk of certain types of heart diseases, particularly involving vascular occlusions (blockage of blood vessels) and blood clots (thrombus). They are categorized into two groups, namely; Antiplatelets Anticoagulants Anticoagulants delay the time it takes for the blood to form clots. Examples include drugs such as heparin (Liquemin) and warfarin (Coumadin). They  Other examples of anticoagulants are acenocoumarol, phenindione, dabigatran, and rivaroxaban. These are older types of anticoagulants. The newer types include dabigatran (Pradaxa) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto). Antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin prevent platelets from coming together to form a clot. What are they used for? Blood thinners are used to prevent heart attacks, stroke...

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Tips to Stop Bleeding Fast

Let’s face it: nicks, cuts and scrapes are a part of life. But when they happen, it can be painful, inconvenient, and sometimes even panic-inducing — especially if you’re on blood thinners. Below are tips, tricks and home remedies to stop bleeding fast. THE BASICS Apply pressure first! Most nicks and cuts should stop bleeding completely from pressure alone. To do this, simply press a clean cloth (tissue or gauze) to the wound and hold it there firmly for a few minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after five minutes.. HOME REMEDIES ANTIPERSPIRANT Most deodorants contain alumunium which can cause the tissue to contract to help stop blood flow. Rub the stick directly on your cut, or smear some onto...

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