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Old 07-18-2014, 21:48   #2
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Let's put some anatomy and physiology to this product. You have a "deep" laceration that's bleeding and you choose to apply the ITclamp. It closes the skin and approximates the superficial subcutaneous tissues....if there is ANY space below the laceration, the blood will and does dissect into those tissue planes and the bleeding continues because it's not a closed space to tamponade the bleeding. I played with this device and was very underwhelmed with its applicability. If it is a superficial laceration, it works fine but if the lac is deep, forget it, save your money and use combat gauze and/or a swat-t tourniquet to apply either appropriate pressure or tourniquet To stop the bleeding.
This is a device looking for an indication IMHO

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