New Israeli field bandage found effective, stops blood flow from artery, stomach

Israeli-made Woundclot, successfully field tested by Border Police, stops bleeding in 40 seconds and was found effective in stopping blood flow from bleeding artery or stomach.
• Police, military forces worldwide express interest in the life-saving bandage.

By Itsik Saban


Israel’s Border Police are making preparations to equip their medics, commanders and team leaders operating in the Jerusalem area with Israeli-made Woundclot hemostatic bandages, which help save lives by making the blood flowing from wounds clot faster. The bandages dissolve within seven days.

New bandage stops the bleeding, allowing the seriously wounded more time to be evacuated to hospital.

Border Police medics tested the bandages during the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, and they proved efficient in stopping bleeding quickly and keeping victims alive while they were being transferred to hospitals for further treatment.

“The bandage is very effective for massive bleeding and at points where it’s very difficult to stop bleeding, like the neck or internally,” said Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Shalom Bitton, the officer responsible for medical guidelines and instruction in the Border Police.

“The bandage has a biological component that increases the blood clotting process by a factor of 3,000, thereby stopping bleeding within 40 seconds,” Bitton said.

Police forces worldwide have expressed interest in Woundclot bandages by Persys Medical. Representatives from the New York and the Chicago police departments are due to visit Israel to learn about the innovative product.

Meanwhile, because Border Police officers are on the front lines against terrorists and are often the first officials to arrive at the scene of a terrorist attack, the Border Police command has decided to issue every member of the force with a personal first aid kit to provide lifesaving treatment to victims until trained medics can arrive.

The kits called “Soul brother” include bandages, a tourniquet, lightweight elastic gauze pads, and latex gloves. Border Police recruits learn basic first aid during their training.


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