Testimonials by BloodSTOP® and BloodSTOP® iX Users
Stathis Poulakidas, MD, FACS
Division Chief of Burn Surgery
Cook County Health, 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 500 ccs, requiring transfusion of two units of blood at every OR visit.
With the introduction of BloodSTOP® iX, wound debridements were able to be done limiting blood loss to <200 ccs and only requiring one unit or less 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.
A 6 week old, premature female baby presented at the clinic having developed multiple wounds of the left lower leg…the baby was prone to develop recurrent wounds…The patient had been previously treated for several weeks with ointments and topic dressings with little improvement…We learned about BloodSTOP® iX and felt that its ability to gel and maintain moisture would allow the dressing to control the bleeding and promote healing at the same time…The patient returned to the office in one week and at that visit there was no further bleeding and the wound size was reduced by 80%.
I am excited about using BloodSTOP® iX in the operating room. After major plastic and cosmetic surgeries, the healing time is much shorter and patients can now go home the same day. Also, there are less scars and dyspigmentation while healing. Less stay in the hospital and less use of pain killers means great cost savings. These are all big points!
I had a patient born with a skin disease who presented to me with a leg wound that just wouldn’t heal with standard treatments…We applied the BloodSTOP® iX in the office and within a week 90% of the wound was HEALED!!!! And the bleeding was gone…This was 3 months ago and the wound has remained closed. I feel that the product not only stopped the bleeding but the gelling nature of the ORC promoted a moist wound environment which may have helped promote the healing of this difficult wound.
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
I have been using BloodSTOP iX as a local hemostatic agent in my practice for almost 5 years now and have been most impressed with the results and the versatility of this product.
Admittedly this is an anecdotal account, but I would like to share my experiences with its use as I believe that it can offer your clients clear benefits.
Initially, I used an alternative material to control the general ooze from extraction sockets in patients on anticoagulant therapies, after adjustment of their anticoagulant medication and checking of their bleeding tendencies. However, I found these alternative materials often broke down in the sockets, or produced an irritation at the surgical site and in some patients a continued ooze despite the hemostatic material packs in the sockets.
After my introduction to BloodSTOP iX and commencing its use, I found much improved hemostasis and clot stability.
While its use in controlling excessive bleeding was clear, I was impressed with the use of BloodSTOP iX in cases where there was poor bleeding from a surgical site (an extraction socket). Such patients would be at risk of a dry socket.
In these patients, BloodSTOP iX over the socket, with gentle apposition of the raised mucoperiosteal flap (needed for the surgical removal of the tooth or root) ensured clot retention and allowed a better granulation without bone exposure. Since using this procedure, I cannot remember the last time I have needed to treat a post-surgical localized osteitis in my rooms.
I found BloodSTOP iX to have features very similar to some of the very expensive membranes I was using for bone regenerative procedures and so started to use the material to hold my bone scaffolds (for bone regenerative or socket preservation procedures) in position. I used the BloodSTOP iX as a membrane over the bone graft material and as it formed such a convenient adhesive like membrane over the scaffold, additional means to hold it in position (such as pins/screws or holding sutures) were not needed. Furthermore, it created no excessive inflammatory reaction.
Often, we have to treat patients who have such severe gag reflexes, and suturing of tissues in these patients can be rather difficult. By being conservative with the incision extent, the bleeding at the surgical sites can be controlled very effectively with BloodSTOP iX alone. The stability of the clot also means less need to be biting down on gauze swabs, which these patients often find so intolerable.
In conversations with my colleagues to whom I have recommended the product, they have all reported their satisfaction with the material and have been using it as their preferred hemostatic material in their rooms too. I hope this sharing of my experience will assist your potential practitioners in their decision to try out this material. I really believe that they too will enjoy the similar successful outcomes as I have had in my practice and make BloodSTOP iX their material of choice for these procedures.
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.
Medical Professionals Testimonials
A 17 y/o female was injured with partial-thickness (second degree) burn with blister from burning marshmallow. Standard burn treatment was given at the ER; pain-killer was prescribed due to severe pain; patient was informed by doctor that wound would heal in about one month and would leave scarring.
After treatment with traditional anti-infection cream and coverage with non-adhesive dressing for 18 hours, BloodSTOP® iX was used for further treatment, also covered with non-adhesive dressing and water-proof dressing, no pain-killer was used thereafter*.
Partial granulation could be seen on day 2. Dead tissue debridement was done by coverage of BloodSTOP® basic on day 7; pink granulation could be seen. Burn was healed on day 10. Growth of new skin tissue could be seen, and there was no evidence of scarring.
*BloodSTOP® products are cleared by USFDA for topical bleeding control. Product claims regarding pain control in this testimonial have not been reviewed by USFDA.
BloodSTOP® iX was helpful in soothing the itchiness and pain* and stopping the bleeding associated with a poison ivy rash. Appearance of the affected area is pictured over 4 days of BloodSTOP® iX use.
*BloodSTOP products are cleared by USFDA for topical bleeding control. Product claims regarding pain control in this testimonial have not been reviewed by USFDA.
I usually ride an electric skateboard to commute to work. Two weeks ago, I tripped over a small pebble while I was doing at least 20 mph. I got some horrible scratches on the right side of my body. The injury was especially bad in my right pinky area, the skin was scratched away, and I could already see some ‘white tissues.’ It was fortunate that my wife forced me to keep a pack of BloodSTOP® iX in my backpack. After cleaning my wounds with sterile saline, I applied BloodSTOP® iX and followed the instructions to cover it with additional bandaid to keep moist.
I have had similar injuries before from skateboarding, so I know an injury of this magnitude will typically take at least a month to heal. After two weeks, the majority of the scratches were completely replaced by new skin. My pinky area is healing at an amazing pace as well. During the first couple of days, I could even SEE the recovery happening!
I highly recommend BloodSTOP® iX, for its fast blood-stopping, and amazing healing property.
The wound looked completely different and was significantly smaller three days after I used BloodSTOP iX. I was so amazed by how fast the wound has healed!
I was holding my 1-year-old when she accidentally kicked over a pot with boiling water when we were out camping in Lake Tahoe. I immediately turned her around and the entire left side of my body was exposed to hot water. Fortunately, my baby was not hurt, but a huge blister and several smaller ones developed on my side and I was in a lot of pain.
We drove home right after the incident and applied BloodSTOP® iX on my wound. I felt less pain after application. The blister was completely absorbed on the second day and I reapplied BloodSTOP® iX with some waterproof bandages and left them on for 3 days. With my wound covered, the discomfort from movement went away, and I was able to move around and lift things up.
On day 5 I opened the dressing and could see the wound already started to heal. The discomfort associated with the wound was completely gone and it felt like I was never burnt! After that I used standard dressing to cover the wound and it healed in two weeks. I can’t imagine how painful it would’ve been and how slow the wound would heal without BloodSTOP® iX. This product is truly amazing and I encourage everyone to have it in their bag in case accident happens.
Within seconds of breaking through a pane of glass, I was bleeding profusely from facial cuts and scrapes. Although I could slow the bleeding by applying pressure on the wound with tissue, there was no sign of clotting. Fortunately I had a sample BloodSTOP® pad that I was able to find within a minute or two of the accident, and place over the primary cut. I was relieved at how quickly it stopped the bleeding, actually within a few seconds. Although no injury is pleasant, the soft gauze pad also provided a feeling of protection for the exposed tissue. By the second day the wound looked much better. The healing is really remarkable. Good job developing this product.
On December 30, 2014, my 9.5 yr old greyhound had her left rear leg amputated due to osteosarcoma in the knee. Unfortunately, due to some unexpected necrosis of a large muscle there was infection and poor healing… The point where BloodSTOP® came into play was at 6:30 on a Friday evening when the artery opened up and sprayed all over…They had been applying pressure and over very few minutes after the application she was no longer bleeding out…It has been 3 more weeks. The infections are gone…Your product is the only 1 we will use as it is a plant-based cellulose rather than chemical to which these dogs can have unpredictable reactions.
I’ve been suffering from a mild case of hemorrhoids for 30 years. About once or twice a month my hemorrhoids flare up and become very itchy and bleed a little. I tried all kinds of creams but nothing worked. Then I tried BloodSTOP® iX Hemostat Matrix 1”x1” after I cleaned the area carefully. It turned into a gel to seal my hemorrhoids up. The bleeding and itching stopped immediately and the hemorrhoids have not returned so far.