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Stopping Heavy Bleeding

Is QuikClot a friend or foe?

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Question:

Is QuikClot a friend or foe?

Submitted by – Donald, Garland, TX

Answer:

QuikClot works. You have to hold it inside a furiously bleeding wound with hand pressure, but it does encourage clotting. It’s very useful when there are multiple casualties, as in war. But it’s expensive and sort of bulky. I have never been in a backcountry situation where I wished I had some, and I doubt I ever will—so I don’t carry it. You can find more information on stopping heavy bleeding here. —Buck