The 'Quikclot' gauze going through this cutting machine at the Z-Medica plant in Wallingford could very well save a life in one of the war zones.
In fact it already has saved countless lives by doing something critical in combat. The gauze stops the bleeding when someone is wounded.
“If I were cut here on my wrist and were bleeding profusely, I could just stuff this in here and, more than the pressure in my hand, what's in here would actually stop the bleeding,” said News 8’s Mark Davis. “How does it do that?” he asked.
"It has kaolin, and the kaolin actually acts as a catalyst to speed up the blood clotting process," answered Z-Medica’s Joe Azary.
Kaolin. It's not some wonder drug; it's a naturally occurring material found in clay in some parts of the country.
In a patented process, a subcontractor imbeds the kaolin in the gauze. Under sterile conditions, the gauze is packed and sealed for a variety of different types of customers.
From the military packs they started with, to uses here at home. For hospitals, first responders, even veterinarians.
They even have their own research lab where they are experimenting with new ways to stop bleeding. Simple to use products like 'Quikclot' have become a standard part of battlefield kits, and are used in some police agencies.
Today, the Governor and the State Bonding Commission approved a $1.7 million loan to Z-Medica to help them expand.
"We want to become a broader, more broad, bleeding management company. We need engineers, we need sales people, we need folks in the manufacturing department...and so, this is about job creation really," said Larry Hicks, Z-Medica CEO.
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