I braved the local Wal-Mart last night for zippo fluid which they no longer carry and found a new product in the camping section called “Outdoor Wound Care Kit” for about $8.00
Most of the contents are your normal run of the mill FAK items: (4 bandages, 2 hand wipes, 2 2×2 gauze pads, and 1 ibuprofen)
But the last item is the important one it include two of the small packets of Celox blood clot agent which I think should be in everyone’s pack.
I’ve used both Celox and Quickclot and for me there about the same. The main difference is Quickclot is easy to use just apply the sponge and loosely wrap it in gauze were Celox granules needs to be applied, allowed to clot and then you loosely wrap it in gauze. But now you can get it locally!
‘SickSalamander’ over on /r/CampingandHiking asked a really good question:
Are those tiny packets of celox with a picture of a person putting them on a finger?
I was taught in my WFA class that celox is only for serious trauma. If you apply it, you need to go to a hospital immediately to have it cleaned out of the wound. Then the doctors there patch you up properly. It is just to buy you a few hours so you can get to the hospital without dying of bloodloss first.
I thought it wasn’t for minor cuts. But those tiny packets of it aren’t big enough for large wounds. The smaller one I have is 15g. Those little ones are 2g. And the celox website is now advertising them for home use.
Anyone know if you can use these on a cut and clean it yourself without going to the hospital?
My reply is yes this is the “Home” version which is more like secondskin rather than the big versions of Celox. I’ve used the larger versions on nasty wounds before and you can pick it out but it will start bleeding again so that’s the reason you go to the hospital/doctors to clean it.
Honestly if your talking about a 2+ inch deep bleeder I’m more than likely going to pull out a Derma-Gel sheet and a Israeli Bandage and get you or me 😉 to the hospital asap. For a normal wound (1″ or less) I’d use Celox/Quickclot and gauze this little packet should work for any small heavy bleeder that a bandage won’t cover well.