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Offline Mr.

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bigwall first aid topic: QuikClot
« on: December 01, 2010, 10:54:39 pm »
just want to put this topic out there because most people dont know it exists.

quikclot, simply put, is a powder that you can pour into a bad wound to stop bleeding. there is also a type of gauze with quikclot in it. it was originally developed for use by soldiers in combat and has proably saved thousands of lives, if not tens of thousands. the actual number must be staggering.

it is super effective, fast working, lightweight/portable, inexpensive, and easy to use. quikclot is standard issue now in all armed services and really should be for most climbers anywhere. the first time i brought it we used it when my partner took a direct hit in the head with helmet on from the block out of nowhere. it was a non-life threatening head wound but a still a huge deep split and gushing blood. nasty. my partner jugged up, leaving gear, i tore open the first packet and the wind got most of it. i got all of the second pouch into the wound and the bleeding stopped immediately. its was amazing, i've never seen like that. i remember doing this weird laugh because we went from an all-out big wall emergency situation to stabilized in mere seconds. i mean, it sealed it, welded it shut until it healed completely 3-4 weeks later.

we were stoked when that was over.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QuikClot

you can find some stuff on utube about quikclot, but you wont be eating pork for dinner.

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Re: bigwall first aid topic: QuikClot
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2010, 12:22:58 am »
good call. I got some of these for my gal. She gets nosebleeds (and refuses to cauterize).

I really didn't even think about adding them to the kit, but will do that. gracias

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Re: bigwall first aid topic: QuikClot
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2010, 05:44:56 pm »
Great idea. Thanks for sharing.