by David Crane
A U.S. company called SAM Medical Products (Newport, Oregon) is currently marketing a rather amazing emergency hemostatic agent (blood clotting agent) called CELOX for treating battle-wounded soldiers. The product itself is comprised of granules, making it, effectively, a granular bandage that you can literally pour right into the open wound–including deep wounds–to stop high-volume arterial bleeding. CELOX now competes in the emergency hemostatic market against products like HemCon and QuikClot.
It's DefenseReview's understanding at present that CELOX's hemostatic (blood-clotting) mechanism is most similar to HemCon's, since both products appear to be comprised of either the same or similar biopolymer material derived from sea crabs. CELOX's inventor actually came up with the idea after he noticed that…
So, how does CELOX work? The positively-charged CELOX granules bind to the negatively-charged red blood cells, thus forming a clot. It's as simple as that. This positive-negative binding mechanism works independently of biological blood-clotting factors, so CELOX can be used on heparinized blood. Clotting occurs within minutes. CELOX's hemostatic mechanism doesn't create any heat, so it won't burn the soldier/warfighter or cauterize the wound. The gelled clot created by the CELOX-red blood cell hemostatic reaction can be easily removed if/when necessary. CELOX is also temperature-independent, so there are no temperature restrictions to its usage and storage (no special storage requirements).
Based on what DefRev has learned so far about CELOX, and provided it works as advertised, it's an important technology and should prove to be highly-effective for treating major battle wounds. Time will tell. DefenseReview will attempt to ascertain if/how CELOX differs
from HemCon beyond the obvious pourable granules vs. bandage format
CELOX comes in waterproof/weatherproof, sterilized packets. The writing on the outside of the packets has been specially designed so that it can be read in complete darkness using NODs/NVDs (Night Observation Devices/Night Vision Devices), i.e. night vision goggles (NVGs) and/or night vision monoculars.
Company Contact Info:
If you'd like more information on CELOX, Defense Review would suggest that you contact SAM LSI (a division of SAM Medical Products), by phone at 713-723-7043, by fax at 713-721-3545, or by email at [email protected]. Ask for Limor Shemer.
We also noticed that a company called MedTrade Biopolymers, Inc. is listed on the CELOX website's contact page. You can contact MedTrade Biopolymers by phone at 206-855-1900, by fax at 206-237-3530, and/or by email at [email protected]. Guess you should ask for Kathryn, over there.
Additional Product Info and Articles:
CELOX fact sheet (PDF Format)