ActCel Hemostatic Gauze by Coreva
ActCel Hemostatic Gauze was developed as a tool to provide medical professionals the ability to stop bleeding in the most efficient manner possible.
ActCel 2 x 2 Hemostatic Gauze can be used for: Capillary Wounds, Arterial Bleeding, Lacerations, Abrasions, Punctures or anywhere light to moderate bleeding needs to be stopped.
ActCel Hemostatic Gauze, created from cellulose, is an effective hemostatic agent. Upon contact with blood, ActCel Hemostatic Gauze, or blood stopper gauze, instantly converts to a collagen like gel which expands to cause direct pressure on blood vessels and control bleeding. ActCel Hemostatic Gauze is water soluble and the gel can be removed easily when water, saline or hydrogen peroxide is applied. Because the ActCel 2 x 2 Hemostatic Gauze is small and inexpensive, it is perfect for survival kits or to simply have on hand, "just in case".
What is ActCel? ActCel Hemostatic Gauze is a collagen-like natural substance created from chemically treated cellulose. It is an effective hemostatic agent registered with the FDA to help control bleeding from open wounds. The material contains no chemical additives, thrombin or collagen and is hypoallergenic. When it comes in contact with blood, it expands to 3-4 times its original size and converts to a gel that dissolves into glucose and saline over a 1-2 week period. Because of its purity and the fact that it simply degrades to these end products, ActCel does not cause delayed healing as do other hemostatic material that may have similar appearance. Research shows that ActCel effectively cuts down on clotting time, helps stabilize new clots by accelerating the formation of fibrin cross-linkages and increases whole blood viscosity, thus promoting the aggregation of red blood cells. ActCel has been and continues to be a successful stop-bleeding product in the dental, OB/GYN, EMS, Veterinary and Athletic industries. Some features and benefits of ActCel include: • Quick clotting time • No additives to delay healing • Breaks down into saline and glucose • Sterile and bacteriostatic • All Natural • Hypo-allergenic • Cost effective • No reported side effects
How does ActCel work? After an injury to the body, platelets become activated, changing from a discoid to spherical shape and extending pseudopodia. They release enzymes that stimulate other platelets to activate, and chemicals that promote adhesion to blood vessel linings, collagen, glass, metal, and to fabric. Platelet aggregation is the property of platelets to clump with each other to form a platelet clump. ActCel, which is in a fabric-like state, increases platelet adhesion, thereby helping to promote clotting. This is similar to adherence of platelets to damaged collagen (the fibrous protein found in connective tissue that underlies the endothelial cells). ActCel stops bleeding quickly and effectively by: Adhering - ActCel hemostatic gauze adheres to the bleeding surface, physically blocking and sealing off the damaged blood vessels. Expanding - Once in contact with the blood, ActCel expands to create direct pressure and helps stop bleeding. Transforming - ActCel transforms into a collagen-like gel that increases platelet aggregation and stabilizes clot formation. Dissolving - ActCel is water-soluble and is easily rinsed away with sterile water, saline or hydrogen peroxide. Once ActCel has helped form a clot, it will dissolve into a glucose saline gel in 1-2 weeks.