Cardinal Health and HemCon Medical Technologies Inc. in December announced the availability of co-labeled chitosan-based hemorrhage control dressings to acute care professionals as part of an exclusive, four-year distribution agreement.
Cardinal Health now offers various sizes of the HemCon Bandage and ChitoFlex dressings to first responders and medical professionals in emergency rooms, trauma care and cardiac catheterization labs.
Using HemCon's unique chitosan technology, antibacterial HemCon dressings control bleeding by becoming extremely sticky when in contact with blood. The adhesive-like action seals the wound and attracts red blood cells to the bandage, forming a seal that stops hemorrhaging independent of the clotting cascade. The bandages are effective on high-pressure, high-flow arterial bleeds. The hemostatic HemCon Bandages and ChitoFlex dressings are available in multiple sizes.