HemCon Medical Technologies specializes in hemorrhage control products. The company’s first chitosan bandages were developed to provide control of severe arterial bleeding on the battlefield, and are now providing hemorrhage control in various hospital settings such as the cath lab, and emergency rooms. Based on the same platform chitosan technology, HemCon now offers GuardaCareXR Surgical a hemostatic surgical dressing for temporary control of moderate to severe bleeding in surgical wounds and traumatic injuries.
GuardaCareXR Surgical Hemostatic Temporary Surgical Dressing is a chitosan impregnated gauze with an x-ray detectable element. Chitosan is a naturally occurring, biocompatible polysaccharide and the hemostatic properties of chitosan enhance the ability of the medical gauze to control bleeding. The robust uniformly applied chitosan coating on the gauze, allows for optimal chitosan blood interaction to effectively control bleeding. The chitosan further reduces blood loss by helping the dressing conform to the wound site while providing a physical barrier to prevent bleeding. This mechanism of action supports localized clotting within and on the gauze to stop bleeding quickly. The dressing is flexible and suitable for easy application to surgical wounds and traumatic injuries. It readily conforms to wound surfaces with complex geometries to allow efficient staunching of all bleeding.