WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- When the US went to war in the Middle East, our soldiers were armed not just with weapons, but a lifesaving product called Quickclot. Quikclot is used to help stop wounds from bleeding out until the injured can safely make it to a hospital.
Ted Russell, Vice President of Sales for Z-Medica, the company that makes Quikclot told us, "They decided that every solider that went into battle should be carrying a hemostatic agent so they could save themselves. The critical minutes are that first hour when someone gets wounded."
Montgomery County Police are carrying a form of the same gauze as part of their patrol gear. It is helping police save themselves and people in the community.
"It is a great civilian application. It works; we have had approximately eight lives saved where people were actually saved by the officers using it on the person stopping the bleeding," Officer Scott Davis said.
Z-Medica was in Washington DC Wednesday for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses convention. At the convention they showed off the latest improvements to Quikclot to emergency and trauma nurses.
Dr. Giacomo Basadonna, Chief Medical Officer of the company explained to us how it works. "The gauze is made of gauze and kaolin and kaolin is the ingredient that stops bleeding and kaolin is a mineral not a drug. What kaolin does it takes the proteins in your blood that already clot and just makes the process faster."
Those precious minutes can make a life or death difference not just to soldiers who are in the battlefield, but also for the officers on the streets who've been involved in a shooting.
Officer Davis told us Montgomery County Police are not just using it on civilians, but if one of their own gets hurt they can apply Quikclot to themselves or their partners.
Z-Medica would like to soon have a version of the product for people to use in their own home.