Sunday, May 8, 2011

Police Department of Fairfield Township, NJ Relies on QuikClot® Hemostatic Dressing to Save the Lives of an Officer and Civilian

WALLINGFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A Fairfield NJ township police officer, mandated to carry QuikClot® Combat Gauze® at all times after it saved the life of a township police officer, used the life-saving gauze to stop the severe arterial bleeding of an 82 year-old dialysis patient, based on a recent article in The Progress Newspaper. It was reported that the elderly man’s source of profuse bleeding was through an access port in his arm, typically used during a dialysis procedure. Z-Medica Corporation, a medical device company developing innovative hemostatic agents, is the maker of QuikClot, the life-saving technology which was used to save the man’s life.
“We are always grateful to learn that QuikClot continues to save lives in various settings and situations”
The article also noted that the Fairfield NJ Police Department credited the use of QuikClot Combat Gauze with saving the life of a township police officer who was shot in the line of duty. According to Chief Charles Voelker, following that event all Fairfield officers were mandated to carry QuikClot Combat Gauze. QuikClot is used by first responders around the country to stop traumatic bleeding and stabilize patients in a wide variety of non-sterile, emergency situations, because of its high effectiveness and ease of use.
“We are always grateful to learn that QuikClot continues to save lives in various settings and situations,” said Brian Herrman, Chief Executive Officer of Z-Medica. “This officer should be commended since his quick decision to apply QuikClot reflects great situational awareness. The Fairfield Township Police Department perfectly illustrates the many ways in which QuikClot is currently utilized – by first responders at the scene of an incident, by police officers who are injured in the line of duty, and all the way through to health care providers in a medical or post-treatment setting.”
“We realized the value in having every officer carry QuikClot first-hand after one of our neighboring police officers was able to successfully control the bleeding of one of our officers following a shooting,” said Chief Charles Voelker, Fairfield Township Police Department. “We encourage other law enforcement agencies to consider providing their officers with this life-saving technology. It’s amazing what a potential difference this small piece of gauze can make in our community, and we are already seeing examples of this, such as with the recent case involving an 82-year old dialysis patient.”

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