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New Study Compares Use of Hemostatic Bandages on the Homefront

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 8:36am
The Associated Press

Z-Medica, a leading developer and marketer of hemostatic agents, announces today the results from a study conducted by a major medical organization on the effectiveness of tourniquets and hemostatic bandages in civilian emergency medical services (EMS) systems.

The study, entitled, Pre-hospital Use of Hemostatic Bandages and Tourniquets; Translation From Military Experience to Implementation in Civilian Trauma Care, shows that the use of tourniquets and hemostatic bandages in pre-hospital civilian care, is comparable to combat situations and highly effective in saving lives, with success rates using both methods at 95% or better.

“While we have a rich history of military use, and continue to be recommended by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC), we are seeing increased adoption of our products among law enforcement and EMS systems world-wide,” says Stephen J. Fanning, President and CEO of Z-Medica. “This study confirms what we know to be true; that battlefield medicine is effective in saving lives in a domestic environment. To meet that challenge, we continue to innovate and deliver life-saving products for all situations where blood loss is an issue – on the battlefield, for the first responder and for the physicians in the ER.” About the Study The study was a retrospective review of consecutive patients with pre-hospital tourniquet from 6/20/09 to 1/1/14; and hemostatic bandage from 11/4/11 to 1/1/14. Standard EMS registry data, training, and efficacy underwent descriptive analysis.

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