5 Stars By Rneck on 2012-06-10
My 73 year old Father slipped while field dressing an elk. His knife went into his leg and nicked his femoral artery. 40 miles from anything, and a spurting wound. We applied a Quick Clot sponge, and he's still with us. One and a half hours later we got him to the ER. The doctor said it absolutely saved his life. I still have my Dad because of this product. I can't imagine a better outcome, because of Quick Clot.
5 Stars By Dr. J. Yoni on 2010-07-07
A 'must have' item for first aid kits.
When a fellow backpacker slipped while carrying his pack saw, he cut his upper thigh pretty badly. Although no major vessels were involved, the wound bled profusely. This QuikClot product was applied to the wound with direct pressure and then bound in place. While the wound was not extraordinarily severe, the injured man was quite upset by the amount of blood he appeared to be losing prior to application of the dressing. Once the QuikClot product was in place and a thick sterile pad secured over it, only a small amount of blood was visible. This added tremendously to reassure the injured man that he was not in great danger from bleeding. Others in our party assisted the man back to the trail head and he was taken to a local hospital where the laceration was sutured.
This product is an absolute 'must have' item in any aid kit for people working or enjoying the out of doors in locations distant from immediate medical care. This order was a replacement for the product I used. As an aside recommendation, QuikClot Sport is very effective when used in conjunction with an 'Israeli-style' combat dressing (easily applied by one person or the injured victim).
Edit 20-July-2015: I forgot about this post until BTA-MALL notified me that another reviewer had commented that Quikclot is 'dangerous' and can 'cause heart attacks and strokes'. A spirited discussion between he and I followed. But, as he suggested, I did some updated reading to see if there was sufficient validity to his assertions and to determine if I should remove Quikclot from my IFAK and my general use FAK.
I searched the NIH database and the FDA database and found little. I found the bulk of material that condemns Quikclot on various ex-mil and survivalist-type Youtubes, blogs, and forums. Among the discussions about Quikclot, I found debates about using tampons as field dressings for GSWs, tons of material on the 'best' self-defence handgun caliber, and various conspiracy theories about the 'gubmint' (pick one). I tried to find something of a scholarly nature that condemns Quikclot as "dangerous" and did not. (If you find one, please post it here. I'd be grateful. By 'scholarly', I mean a peer-reviewed medical journal or publication. Please don't send me to Youtubes featuring arm-chair warriors, squad bay ninjas, and other such.)
I also reviewed my now five year-old post to see if I would have done anything differently for the injured man. His bleeding was profuse (mid-size lumen venous), but appeared non-arterial in nature. He had already saturated several ordinary, but thick, dressings. We were in a deep canyon about six miles from the trailhead and the trailhead was one to two hours from medical care. Cellular phones did not work because of the remote location. Because of the location, any outside medical aid would have to hump in and hump out after members of the party walked out to summon them. Air evac (if I could call them) was distant and would take almost as long to arrive and the man's condition would not (yet) likely meet their triage standard. Even if commo was up, as a medical provider at the scene, I had a responsibility to consider risks to the air crew in our canyon environ and the potential costs (to others) of tying up a limited resource for a casualty who was not (yet) critically ill. His main medical concern was not the bleeding. Shock was (is always) the the main concern and so was dehydration due to blood and insensate water losses. He was tolerating oral fluid replacement but there was a concern that, should frank shock set in, IV fluids would not be available. We had only a few more dressings left (2-3 ABDs, about a half-pack of 4-bys, and one Israeli-style dressing.) After the Quickclot was applied, it was covered with one of the ABDs and secured with the Israeli dressing. The remainder of the dressings were held in reserve for reinforcing as needed. The leg was elevated and cleaned of much of the blood. Once the leg was no longer heavily bleeding and cleaned up, the man's pre-shocky appearance abated. His HR and resps stabilized, his color returned, and his bearing and affect became more confident. He was 'chair carried' to the trailhead, packed into a POV, and sent to hospital for definitive care (the Quikclot wrapper was pinned to his shirt). I lost followup, except for a 'thankyou' telephone call a few weeks later.
In retrospect an in view of (anecdotal) assertions that Quikclot is dangerous and can cause heart attacks and strokes, I would still proceed in the same manner for this individual. His bleeding was not immediately life-threatening. His risk for shock in a remote setting would be life-threatening. I have estimated patient blood losses with some regularity. However, due to the passage of time, I cannot recall much now of this incident beyond the highlights. In rough ER terminology, his blood loss was somewhere between 'Oh-oh" and "Yikes"...but below, "Oh Sh**!)
I still think this is a good product. It's not something I would use for Little Petunia's scraped knee or Grandma's skin tear. I would characterize it much like CPR: It works well in many cases. But it might well cause harm if applied incorrectly or inappropriately.
People should not rely on online forums or comment boards for medical information. Every case is different and success of care depends on the skill and training of the available/willing provider and the conditions he/she is operating under. Outcomes are not guaranteed in the best circumstances and are especially fragile under back-country conditions. NO product should ever be used without thoroughly reading and understanding the instructions for use. That a product is offered for sale to the general public does not mean that every member of the general public should buy it and use it. Quikclot appears to be appropriately marketed for use when bleeding is not controllable by ordinary means AND professional medical care is distant or delayed.
I continue to carry this product and my favorable review of it is still my personal opinion of the product. That said, readers should not take my review as medical advice regarding the care or treatment of any field injury. I would, instead, recommend that they seek out the recommendations of health care professionals IN THE LOCATION WHERE THEY WILL BE OPERATING/RECREATING to determine what items might be helpful if they encounter a moderate to severe injury in that location. Learn CPR and acquire the most advanced (certified) form of first aid/first responder care you can handle comfortably.
Then, get out there and have some fun.
2 Stars By JP Anderson on 2018-02-04
Beware of reviewers who have not used Quikclot
So I bought quikclot back in '13 with the intent of never having to use it on my job site (tree service). Unfortunately though I recently did, as I found myself with a chainsaw in my forearm last week. The cut was 1" wide X 3" long X 1" deep and bleeding quickly. No arteries or blood vessels were
hit. When we unpacked the Quikclot it became clear that the product was far too large to fit in the wound (it's about the size of a bean bag used in
the game Corn Hole), so we placed it on top of the opening and then wrapped it tightly with an Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD).
This stopped the bleeding until I could get to the ER. When the Dr. took off the IBD, the 'bean bag' fell away and the wound immediately started bleeding again. It was apparent to the ER doctor that the IBD was the only thing doing the work to stop the bleeding.
In my observation, the quikclot sponge was a waste of money, and I certainly won't trust it again especially on arterial or blood vessel cuts.
My employee, who is also a 3 tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, agrees. He suggests the Hemostatic powder instead of the sponge. The powder is used by the military and is far more effective as it fills any wound configuration.
Like many BTA-MALL shoppers, I rely on reviews when buying products like this. So please do not give a product a five star review if you've never used it!
I'm buying Celox Hemostatic Agent in 2g packets and one IBD for each med kit. (I hope I will never have to review that item!)
5 Stars By Marbury V. Madison on 2014-03-01
How would I know? I haven't used it yet but...
The price is right, that's for sure.
Our Crisis Casualty Care (TC3) Instructor walked us through the improvements the Quik Clot folks have made over the years. The product is well known, widely used, and credited for being a potentially life-saving yet inexpensive item to have in your range bag, bug-out emergency bag, 1st aid bag, etc.
If you run with scissors, flirt with danger, or want to be prepared - keep this stuff handy.
I noticed that (as they do with so many items) BTA-MALL also offered the "More Buying Choices" and showed a reduced price for USED Quik-Clot.
...Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not ashamed to cut costs, use coupons, take advantage of my PRIME membership, or anything else I can do to save money. But, (and I am NOT speaking from experience) I would say you should pay a little extra and ignore the USED Quik-Clot. But hey, that's just me.
No matter what:
- This is good (might be life-saving) stuff to have around. The price is right - don't leave home without it.
5 Stars By S on 2014-12-30
Better to have it and not need it....
I have seen this product used before and I know it works. I suggested it to my dad, who has to take bloodthinners for the rest of his life after two separate incidents of unexplained blood clots in his legs. He's a skilled craftsman and handyman, and although he is more careful now, he does still use tools that would be quite capable of killing someone not on bloodthinners if handled improperly, so we insisted he take other precautions.
Not a lot of information is available on how these might interact with someone who takes bloodthinners and has a history of clotting, but his surgeon said, "if you're ever faced with a situation where you would have to decide whether to use this, any cleanup we might have to do afterwards is probably worth it given the short term benefit of not bleeding to death." Sounds good to me.
5 Stars By TN-MAILMAN on 2013-12-02
A very effective product. A must for every house and first aide kit.
After sustaining a serious loss of blood injury, I was told about this product.
While sitting in my recliner recovery from my injury that nearly bled me out, I brought this up on Youtube. Once I seen the demonstrations, I promptly ordered it from BTA-MALL. When it came, I placed it in the first aid kit. Hopefully, I never have to use it ever.
But, if I or someone I know gets an injury that has blood loss, I now know that this product will stop the bleeding.
I sustained a chain saw injury to the leg. I then had to walk 1000 feet to get to help. The thirst from blood loss was horrific.With 100 feet to go, I lost vision.
If you watch the youtube demonstrations, you will see this product is amazing.
5 Stars By Adam E on 1969-12-31
A necessity for any field first aid kit
You never know when one slip, fall, or bad axe swing can leave you with a wound that just won't stop bleeding. In this and many other dangerous situations where a large open wound can be a serious threat, QuikClot comes to the rescue. I keep at least one of these in my custom-packed trauma kit that is always with me in my truck or on any outdoor trip. In conjunction with some good large gauze bandages, you can easily stop the bleeding of a large flesh wound.
A must-have for any trauma kit or serious first aid kit. This ain't your granny's band-aid!
5 Stars By Jack Fogg on 2013-11-03
Cant Put a Price on Your Life
This is one of those things that is difficult to review. By that I mean if youve had to use it, something went terribly wrong. In that sense, I cant actually review the product itself as Im fortunate enough not to have had to use it. Instead my review focuses on the packaging, shipment, and price.
Like everything else on Prime, this stuff got here lightning fast. One day instead of the guaranteed 2. So A+ there. Now for packaging. The packets are vacuum sealed in a thick plastic. They feature a quick open slit near the top that would allow you to open it very quickly. So these packs dont waste any extra room and youre also not afraid that they will tear under being tossed around in your pack. Another A+. And price is always subjective, but for me a product that can potentially save mine or someone elses life and doesnt expire for several years is a great value. And by this standard, I consider Quik Clot cheap.
So while Ive never used it to stop bleeding, I trust the professionals and our military folks who use the same product in their kits to stop life threatening bleeding.
5 Stars By Coyote on 1969-12-31
I pretty literally never leave the house without one.
I've needed to use one of these sponges on a friend who took part of a branch through part of her leg when she took a spill hiking. It controlled the bleeding very well, and probably most importantly, it made her feel MUCH more secure. The psychological impact of blood just stopping coming out of your body is not to be underestimated.
I always carry a small one in my everyday bag, and never go hiking without one.
5 Stars By 21st centuryman on 2013-07-11
why would you not have this?
This is one of those things that you hope you never use but better have around in case you do need it. Its primary use is for gunshot wounds and puncture wounds. If you go to a range you should ALWAYS have one of these with you in case the bozo in the next stand over forgets to keep the barrel pointed down range at all times and lets lose a round...... It does unfortunately happen, people are still people. If you go hunting, have one of these in case you become a victim of a hunting accident or you see someone else become a victim. Beyond that, this stuff will work on any serious wound where a victim may bleed to death. Like say a car accident or something else. Its a pretty good idea to just keep one of these around for a "just in case"...its cheap insurance basically. This will not take the place of a doctor or the need to go to a hospital, but it very well may keep a person from bleeding to death before they get to a hospital. Learn how to properly use it though BEFORE you find yourself in an emergency situation