Testimonials by BloodSTOP® and BloodSTOP® iX Product Users
Dr. Stathis Poulakidas, MD, FACS
Division Chief of Burn Surgery
Cook County Health Burn Center, Chicago, IL
Plastic Surgery Testimonials
A 9 year old female with unknown genetic disorders presented after multiple treatments of open wounds of the scalp, abdomen and leg. Attempts at using Sulfamylon, Aquacel AG, Silvadene, and Gentian Violet yielded no improvement.
The most worrisome component of the patent’s care was the weekly cleanings in which the patient bled over 500cc’s, requiring transfusion of 2 units of blood at every OR visit.
With the introduction of BloodSTOP® iX, wound debridments were able to be done limiting blood loss to <200cc’s and only requiring one unit or a partial unit of blood.
With good wound care, decrease of infections secondary to IV antibiotics and improved nutritional status, wounds started healing. Without the use of BloodSTOP® iX, any type of debridement and cleaning of these wounds would not have been possible at one OR sitting.
To conclude, all prior treatments failed to stop the bleeding for the patient’s head, chest and legs. However, her situation was controlled with BloodSTOP® iX.
Dr. Paul Glat echoes ‘Product Technology Overview: BloodSTOP® iX Hemostat’ published on Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine’s blog.
Over the last 6 months I had numerous opportunities to evaluate the hemostatic properties of BloodSTOP® iX and to compare it to a number of similar products available in the surgical market place.
This product was successfully used for control of epistaxis (both anterior and posterior), postoperative hemostasis following sinus surgery and postoperative hemostasis/artificial barrier following adult tonsillectomy.
BloodSTOP® iX was simple to use, less expensive than other hemostatic products and was well tolerated by the patients. In my experience, there were no complications related to the use of the product. No surgical site infections were observed.
I found the material easy to handle and versatile. One of the best features is a rapid conversion from solid to gel form after FESS, which allows for easy postoperative debridement with minimal patient discomfort and no adhesions.
Following tonsillectomy, the material was applied directly to tonsillar fossa for hemostasis. After conversion to gel, the material acted as an artificial barrier. Patients in whom BloodSTOP® iX was used experienced less pain and used fewer postoperative pain medications.
During cosmetic procedures such as face and neck lifts, BloodSTOP® iX was directly applied to the vascular area to decrease the need for cauterization and to minimize the chance of nerve trauma/injury. No increase in postoperative hematoma was noted. No postoperative complications were recorded with this product.
Overall, I highly recommend the use of this product in ENT and cosmetic procedures.
Dental Professionals Testimonials
When I folded the BloodSTOP® iX pad and placed it in the extraction site, the blood stopped oozing almost immediately, allowing me to continue working on other sites in the patient’s mouth. It has an unsurpassed ability to absorb bleeding on one or multiple extraction sites. This is especially useful in patients who are unable to bite down on gauze to control bleeding.
I was able to place BloodSTOP® iX into the tooth socket and it stayed in without even placing sutures. Hemostasis was achieved with BloodSTOP® within just a few seconds after the tooth was surgically removed from the mouth. It is easily cut or folded, so it conforms to irregular wound areas with simple placement.
BloodSTOP® iX is an excellent topical hemostatic agent, which can be used in extraction sites, biopsy sites, when performing periodontal surgery, and where dental trauma exists. Upon contact with moisture, the BloodSTOP® iX pad became a gel, sealing the wound quickly, and stopping bleeding effectively.
We like using BloodSTOP® iX because it becomes a thick gel within 15 seconds, filling up the void left after a tooth is removed. The blood is coagulated quickly even on my patients with bleeding challenges. We have found the frequency of alveolar osteitis (dry socket) complication to be less with BloodSTOP® iX, saving chair time, the need for post-op visits, and overall costs in oral surgical procedures.
I love how flexible and malleable the BloodSTOP® iX is, it can be used for a wide variety of intraoral and extraoral uses. I use it for lip or mucosa lacerations, after an extraction to control bleeding, and after periodontal surgery to eliminate oozing. It is ready to use right when taken from the package, or I can cut it to just about any size for the specific area I need it. I really like how thin it is, so I can easily visualize what I’m working on when the site is bleeding significantly. It is lightweight and has a large surface area, so when it turns into a gel-like substance, it absorbs blood very effectively.
I’ve used BloodSTOP for the past 6 months and find it very good for my dental surgical procedures for hemostasis control during tooth extraction, gingivectomies, periodontal abscess, and apicoectomies. Once applied, it achieves hemostasis very quickly and turns into a gel-like matrix, stopping the bleeding. It creates a barrier that stays in place. Also, it limits the use of sutures because BloodSTOP adheres to the wound site and maintains its matrix integrity. BloodSTOP effectively reduces pain during and post-operatively. I found that using it during a procedure allows me to continue dental intervention without obstructing my view. This product is fully absorbable and an instrumental part of my practice to the aforementioned procedures. I haven’t found any other product that works as well as BloodSTOP!
I have used both Gelfoam and Collaplug, good products in the past. Gelfoam is not as effective in stopping the bleeding. It becomes too soft too quickly, not allowing enough pressure upon insertion. It costs much more as well.
Collaplug is better, but quite expensive in comparison. BloodSTOP® iX is the only one that totally dissolves in blood and water. I am much more comfortable using a hemostatic agent that totally dissolves in water so I don’t have to worry about a foreign body being left in the surgical area.
I recommend using only the BloodSTOP® iX version because I have had a 100% success rate with it for hundreds of patients over the past 11 years.
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