One area where preppers don’t necessarily do well is in medical preparation—most of us aren’t doctors, EMTs, or trauma nurses, so we don’t often know how to stock a first-aid kit with the latest and most effective tools.
In the field, your options for preventing blood loss caused by traumatic injury are limited: applying pressure to the wound or making a tourniquet being the best-known field options.
Some of you may have heard of or used QuikClot, hemostatic devices that stop bleeding significantly faster and are more effective than standard gauzes. It’s described in the video below.
Also, there’s a new type of field dressing that may be more impressive than QuikClot—VetiGel, which uses a polymer to interact with damaged tissue. The gel, made by Suneris, is composed of plant-wall materials.
Upon applying VetiGel to a wound, VetiGel mimics the body’s extracellular matrix and accelerates the production of fibrin, which enables the body to clot rapidly.
You can see it in action in the video below, if you have the stomach for it.
If the sight of blood, demonstrated below by cutting through a steak and pumping blood into it, makes you ill, you might want to pass. But in the video, you can watch the Vitagel instantly stop the bleeding. The gel is not yet for sale.