What is the difference between HemaQuell Hemostat and other bone hemostats?
HemaQuell Hemostat provides rapid hemostasis by means of tamponade, providing a physical barrier to blood flow from bleeding bone surfaces. In addition, HemaQuell Hemostat is water-soluble and dissolves in tissue fluid over 2-7 days.
Traditional bone wax is not resorbed by the body but remains permanently in place and has been shown to cause granulomas, can act as a nidus for infection and impede bone healing.
Does HemaQuell delay healing?
No, HemaQuell Hemostat is dissolved by the aqueous tissue fluids from the site within 2-7 days and the bone heals uneventfully.
Is HemaQuell safe to living tissues?
Yes, HemaQuell has been subjected to and passed all FDA-required, in vivo safety and toxicity testing. HemaQuell Hemostat is composed of an advanced blend of alkylene oxide copolymers, specifically polyethylene glycols (PEG). PEGs are commonly used as ingredients in medical devices and pharmaceuticals as surfactants, ointments, tablet and capsule lubricants, and carriers for nonaqueous IV drugs.
How is HemaQuell metabolized?
HemaQuell Hemostat dissolves in the body’s tissue fluid and is ultimately eliminated via the kidneys. The in vivo safety testing program included microscopic examination of the kidneys after 30 days of implantation of 10 times the amount of HemaQuell Hemostat anticipated to be used in a procedure; there were no untoward observations.
Hemostats can be difficult to manipulate in wet surgical environments. How does HemaQuell Hemostat address this problem?
HemaQuell Hemostat is provided in a sterile applicator tube. An appropriate amount is extruded from the dispenser like lip balm and then applied/pressed directly onto bleeding bone as needed. Alternatively, HemaQuell Hemostat can be extruded from the tube, removed, molded and applied by hand or with an instrument.
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