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Pre-hospital use of the HemCon® Bandage Portland, OR civilian EMS system

From the Battlefield to the Street - Poster presentation of the experience of a suburban Fire/EMS agency with the HemCon Bandages and how they successfully incorporated into a Portland, OR civilian EMS system.

The HemCon® Bandage was added to all apparatuses of a mixed urban-suburban fire agency in June of 2005. The agency provides first response ALS service to 400,000 and responded to over 24,000 EMS calls in 2004. All personnel were trained using multimedia presentations in the use of the HemCon® 4x4 Bandage. The dressing was to be used when conventional treatment (pressure and gauze dressings) failed or for obvious arterial bleeding. After each use, paramedics documented wound characteristics, bleeding type (venous or arterial), time to cessation of bleeding, and presence of subsequent bleeding. Outcome variables and patient demographics were abstracted and entered into an MS Access database. Descriptive analyses were performed.

Conclusions: This limited experience suggests the HemCon® Bandage can be successfully incorporated into the civilian EMS system. When properly applied, the HemCon® Bandage stops uncontrolled external hemorrhage when conventional methods fail.

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