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Chitosan Dressing

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Chitosan Dressing, Chitin, Celox Gauze, ChitoGauze, HemeCon

  • Background
  1. Derived from Chitin is shellfish exoskeletons
  • Mechanism
  1. Topical Hemostatic Agent
  2. Local Vasoconstriction
  3. Mobilizes Clotting Factors and platelets
  4. Mechanical sealing
  • Efficacy
  1. Stops bleeding in 97% of wounds not stopped with direct pressure
  2. However, bleeding restarts within 1 hour in up to 70% of cases (and nearly all arterial Hemorrhage)
  • References
  1. Kheirabadi (2011) US Army Med Dep J p. 25-37
  2. Swaminathan and van de Leuv (2013) Crit Dec in Emerg Med 27(8): 11-17