Quick Clot: The Pros and Cons

If you’re a member of a first-responder team, like a firefighter, an EMT or police officer, you may have heard of QuikClot. QuikClot, also known as quick clot, is an emergency medical product meant to stop bleeding quickly, in time to get the patient to a doctor. Read below to learn more about quick clot and how it can help you do your job better.

 

 What is QuikClot?

QuikClot is a powder made from a mineral called zeolite. It is found in kaolin clay. In powder form, quick clot will stop severe bleeding and can even prevent a person from bleeding to death. In this way, it is indispensable for saving lives in certain situations.

Quick clot is most commonly used by the military, whose personnel are often in dangerous situations that are far away from medical care. In addition, the kinds of injuries that soldiers commonly face are much more dangerous than the average individual, and for these two reasons, quick clot is most commonly used here.

 

QuikClot: The ProsQuickClot

However, some civilian emergency personnel may benefit from carrying a few packets of quick clot on assignments, particularly to extremely dire accidents. For example, a really messy car accident in which the victim is going to bleed to death in a matter of minutes may be a time where quick clot would be vital.

The Cons

Yet many medical professionals recommend that quick clot be used only in certain situations. This be because it is a powder and can be very difficult to clean out of a wound, particularly a deep puncture wound. While quick clot will stop the bleeding, it won’t do anything to help the wound heal or disinfect it.

Doctors and nurses in emergency rooms report that quick clot can make the process of cleaning and dressing a wound much more difficult and also take much longer. And this takes away valuable resources from other patients in the ER who may need help.

Therefore, experts recommend only using quick clot in situations where you are really far away from medical help or if you can’t stop the bleeding in a wound with pressure.

The Verdict?

While quick clot can be difficult for emergency room staff to deal with, it can also help save lives. If you are an EMT, firefighter or other first-responder who regularly sees the kinds of gruesome injuries where an individual may bleed to death before getting to the emergency room, then perhaps it would be a good idea to carry a couple of packets of quick clot.

Additionally, you can consider each situation on a case-by-case basis. Try to assess the situation and determine whether you can stop the bleeding with pressure and elevation, as we learned in First Aid class.

You can also use quick clot if the material you’re using for a compress, such as a sanitary pad, becomes saturated very quickly. For example, if several sanitary pads become saturated in a matter of minutes, then it may be necessary to use quick clot.

Quick clot isn’t a perfect product or a cure-all, but can be live-saving in certain circumstances. Just carry a few packets to your assignments and use your judgement to determine whether it is necessary.

Motorola Minitor V

By Sally Smith

 

Are you a firefighter, EMT, police officer, or other first-responder for hazards and accidents? If so, you probably need a reliable, handy device to stay in touch with your colleagues and receive notifications about emergencies.

 

Generally, most emergency-response team members rely on analog voice pagers to receive information about work. You’ll want something durable, that will hold up over time and will give you decent reception so that you can hear the important information that your boss is trying to share with you. In fact, having the right communication tools is vital for you to do your job.

 

While you’ve probably thought a lot about different systems of communication, have you considered the Motorola Minitor line of devices? With their recent addition of the Minitor V, this device is an excellent choice for all first-responders. Let’s take a closer look at how you can use the Minitor 5 to help you make your community a safer place.Motorola Minitor 5

 

What is the Motorola Minitor V?

 

The Minitor V is a small analog pager used primarily by firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency response team members. It is about the same size as a pack of cigarettes, which makes it extremely portable. They are used to notify other staff of an emergency and also convey vital information needed in order for the staff to do their jobs.

 

The device operates on both short and long wave frequencies. Normally, it remains on “standby mode,” silent until there is a call. Then, once the voice transmitter is activated, the device will stay on until the rest of the audio has finished playing, much like a scanner. Then, the user can set it back to “standby mode.” Users report that the audio is clear and information can be readily heard, without all of the crackle one usually hears on radio transmitters.

 

The Benefits of the Minitor V

 

The Minitor 5 allows you to receive information from two different channels, so it can be very helpful if the user belongs to different response teams. That way, you’ll be able to receive information from both your EMT crew and your firefighting team if you happen to be on-call for both in one night. It will also allow you to set the device on vibrate, so it doesn’t disturb at events with other people present (like a church service!). You can also program the different buttons on the device to do what you want, such as the afore-mentioned vibration feature.

 

In addition, the Minitor 5 is rainproof, so it won’t completely fall apart if you’re working on a rainy day. Users report that it feels solid in their hands and durably built, so that it can withstand the wear and tear that always comes with the job.

 

Are There Any Drawbacks?

 

The one drawback that several users have cited is that the vibration function is very strong. In fact, sometimes if the device is placed on a nightstand it has been known to vibrate itself right onto the floor. Users also report that in some cases where there is low reception, the device will beep once and messages can get missed, but this is rare.

 

Without a doubt, the Minitor V is a great tool for your important job as an emergency-response team member. With it, you will be able to do your job more effectively and contribute to your community.