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Celox Technology Testimonials
The following is a series of testimonials grouped into different fields. Use the links below to jump to any specific field you are interested in.
First Aid Testimonials
"One of our most talented basketball players is prone to nosebleeds. Anthony's nose began bleeding in the midst of a league game. And, believe me, we could not afford to have him out of any game for an extended period of time! When Anthony got the nosebleed, I immediately went into my office and grabbed the sample of Celox Nosebleed Dressing that I had received at the NYSPHSAA Executive Meeting. The athlete put it inside his nose, and the bleeding stopped almost immediately. Although a bit of a "Doubting Thomas" (lol-I am the Director of Athletics at a private Catholic school), I found the product to work exactly as stated. I was truly impressed!
Believe me, after the basketball experience, I was armed and ready for a wrestling nosebleed emergency at all of our home matches but none occurred. I remain confident that your product would handle any nosebleed at our athletic events."
Paula Nickerson - Director of Athletics, Bishop McGann-Mercy High School
"We had a player last Friday night get a bloody nose during a kick return and only missed one play because the bleeding was stopped very quickly. I am very impressed with the product because it doesn't leave any powder in the nose like the stuff we were currently using. I need to find some space in my budget first but I will be placing an order soon.
Kudos to an excellent product!!"
Ryan Hingston - Physical Education Department, Windsor High School
"My husband has had a history of nosebleeds his whole life, which are not helped by his heart meds (including Plavix to prevent clots). Celox is a lifesaver for us! As he travels all over, the ranging altitudes and weather triggers the bleeds. He uses the nose packs and, in most cases, one stops the bleed immediately. We keep a regular supply in his travel kit, our camper, and at home. Thanks so much for making this product available to the regular people!"
"Winter is nosebleed season in Western NC. I would like to give you feedback on the use of CELOX nasal packing. I have tried this product in clinic to control nosebleeds. If a patient is on a blood thinner, often times they require 3-5 days of uncomfortable nasal packing to control the bleed and allow the lining to heal. CELOX allows us to stop those bleeds and then cauterize if necessary.
I highly recommend the nasal dressings, especially in patients who are on blood thinners."
Shannon Hunter, MD
"...It's a gauze bandage impregnated with an haemostatic agent that makes blood clot. It stops bleeding very quickly..."
Lt Col Rob Russell - Stamford, Lincolnshire
'THEY SAID THE PILOT WAS SHOT ... NOT A GOOD MOMENT'
"...I had the opportunity to use CELOX on numerous times on some serious wounds and was very impressed. I found it to be the easiest
to use and the easiest to train people to use. It also allowed for the correct of improper placement after initial application. When
I used the product I used it like it would be used in combat. We applied the CELOX, packed the wound with gauze and wrapped it up with
an elastic bandage (or in some cases we did all of this with an Olaes bandage). As soon as it was wrapped, we let it go and moved on
to other injuries or engaged the "enemy". It worked very well. We never held direct pressure for than 1-2 minutes..."
Ross - Retired 18-D
"...Some of my medics used CELOX a few weeks ago and were very impressed with its clotting capability. We only had one re-bleed
but that was because the medic didn't actually visualize the site and simply poured the packet into the wound cavity. Repositioning
the patient so the CELOX came in contact with the wounded artery solved the problem without the need for a second packet..."
Ken B - US Army
" ..The Celox applicator that I used was very easy. I actually primed the end of the barrel a little to make sure that it was
not clogged. I inserted it about 2 inches into the wound and inserted all of its contents without any problems in about 1 second. The
wound was a blast injury with some major distal bleeding. The laceration was about 7 inches in length and full thickness to the
bone with major cavitation. One of the distal vessels in the leg was bleeding very badly and when I saw him he had on a tourniquet.
The Celox was introduced with a bandage and the tourniquet was removed. There was no further bleeding from the wound. This was my first
time using the new applicator and as I expected, it worked amazingly. The tube filled the wound deep and directly where I needed the
Celox. Of course the Celox did an amazing job getting the bleeding under control and made the patient more stable, manageable and was
a life saving intervention."
J.S - Navy Seals Medic
"...We have tried the new CELOX and found it to be a really great product..."
Ian T - MD, Canada
"...I have used your product in the real world and it works great, plus the price and performance is twice that of the competitive
products. I am trying hard to get my command on board but do not have any left on me to show them. I only had three packages and used
them all. I I can get command on board I will be purchasing a large amount on a regular basis. am a senior medic with 1st Special Forces
Group out of Okinawa, Japan..."
"...I guess I'll start off by saying I'm bad with names. I guess if it's not written on their uniform I tend to forget. I really
enjoyed the presentation of the product, I will say I was skeptical, until I tried it for myself. I really love the product, to the
point of most of the medics are putting a fund together, if the army wont buy it for us we will buy it ourselves. I want to thank you
for bringing another product to the table that will make my job that much easier..."
MA Bravo 4-9 Cav
"...I can tell you right now as for myself, CELOX is without a doubt the most exciting hemostatic dressing I have had the opportunity
to work with. It is extremely easy to use, almost foolproof. I believe every soldier, not just every medic should carry CELOX on their
"...I finally got to try CELOX and was very impressed. Had a casualty in a controlled environment with a deep femoral bleed. A
tourniquet was initially placed on the wound. The wound was wiped out with Kerlix and CELOX was poured into the wound. The tourniquet
was removed, whilst direct pressure was applied to the wound. After 6 minutes pressure was removed and everything was good..."
Emergency TestimonialsTree Surgeon, nearly killed by a terrible chainsaw accident, recalls what happened and how Celox was there to save his life
As it turned out, yesterday afternoon we were called to a fallen climber with an open pelvic fracture who very nearly exsanguinated and died at the bottom of the crag. I used Celox, and it managed to control his massive external haemorrhage until he reached the hospital via air ambulance.
The Consultant receiving the patient at the hospital was very complimentary about Celox, saying it probably helped save the young lads
life. I think you'll be getting a few more orders from mountain rescue now!
Dr Steve Rowe, Medical officer PDMRO and Edale MRT
"...I was very pleased with this new product CELOX and the way it performed. I was even more amazed at how even with the improper
application, one package was capable of treating more than one wound (three to be exact). The CELOX product not only surprised me but
gave me hope that this may make it to our troops and since I noticed no heat generation by the CELOX product and the fact that even
with improper application it works very well, that if applied correctly with a very serious injury it will perform as expected without
the side effects..."
Chris W - Fire Dept. TX
"...Regarding CELOX, we have some results from one of the biggest hospitals in Lithuania; they tried it on a man whose hand was
crushed in a car accident and they are very happy with the results as the bleeding was stopped very quickly..."
"...We had an elderly lady with a massive facial tumour who developed bleeding from her tumour at home. Fire departments responded
to the scene and were not able to control bleeding. Evaluation by paramedics with the ambulance service not able to stop the bleeding
with pressure either. The paramedic then chose to use CELOX and with pressure the bleeding was rapidly controlled and the patient was
transported to the emergency room for definitive care. The emergency department was very happy with the care provided to the patient..."
EO, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine
"...Had a patient with leukaemia yesterday and head laceration. Older person from a nursing home. Bleeding briskly and large scalp
hematoma. Medics milked out hematoma and put CELOX into the wound. Worked like a charm. Her platelet count was low but she still clotted..."
On December 28th, 2007 I was driving my Truck home from Sonoita Arizona where I was visiting a good female friend. As I left Amarillo
Texas on I40 I approached weather conditions that included freezing fog and winds in excess of 50mph. As I passed mile marker 212 I
approached a bridge.
As I was passing over the bridge I witness an overturned SUV on the left hand side, inside the grassy median. I turned my Blue Emergency Signal Lights on and slowed to a stop. I got out of my truck and approached the citizens that were stumbling out of the vehicle. As I approached I noticed 2 small female children, 1 middle aged Hispanic female and 1 middle aged Hispanic male. I ran to the girls and asked if they were ok.
I then asked if the Middle Aged female was ok. They did not understand me very well because their primary language seemed to be Spanish. I then approached the Middle aged male and saw that he was holding an infant that seemed to be around 1 year of age. The infant was bleeding profusely. I open the blanket the Hispanic male had him in and realized that the infants head had been cut severely and looked to be fatal if not treated extremely quickly. The skin was cut an inch from the center of the forehead all the way down to the middle of the ear on the left hand side. The cut was 4 - 5 inches minimum. I told him to stay right here while I got my medical kit. I ran back to my truck. I got 2 blankets and my medical kit. I gave a blanket to the children and a blanket to the middle aged woman and told them to keep warm because it was 10 degrees with low visibility because of the wind and freezing fog.
At that time another male ( off duty sheriff deputy) pulled over and took the children and put them in his truck. I approached the infant again and told the father that we need to place the skin back where it should be and then put CELOX on the wound to stop the bleeding or else the infant would die of blood loss. I instructed for the father to hold the infants head completely still and tell the boy to keep his eyes closed no matter what because the CELOX should not get in his eyes. The father did what I instructed. I then opened my medical kit, took out a pair of gloves and placed them on my hands to not contaminate the infant or myself. I then got the package of CELOX and an Abdominal wrap. I placed the skin back into place the best I could. I then took the bandage and placed it at a 45 degree angle on the wound to shield the wind from blowing the CELOX off the skin. I then poured the CELOX onto the skin and wrapped the bandage around the infants head. I tied off the bandage and wrapped a piece of tap around the bandage to secure it. I then took my permanent marker that was supplied in the medical kit and wrote, “CELOX - Hemostatic agent - used on infant.” I gave the package of CELOX for the father to hold and give to the paramedics. At this point a Texas State Police Officer appeared at the scene and soon after the EMS crew showed. I told the State Police Officer what happened and then told the EMS. One of the EMS crew members asked how I put it on there and said that I did it properly. He also said that if I wouldn’t have rendered aid or had a medical kit to this stature on my person the infant would have best case scenario severe brain damage due to massive blood loss or worst case scenario (most likely) the bleeding would have proven fatal because infants don’t have near as much blood as adults and he had already lost a lot of blood. I then gave my statement to the State Police Officer, Asked if they needed any other assistance and they said they were good to go. I left the scene and was on my way home again. If not for the product CELOX this infant would have died.
My name is Nicholas Puff, I work as a Paramedic at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon, WA. I want to share my experience with the Celox
Our crew was dispatched to a large caliber GSW to the chest. After isolating the right lung, both entrance and exit wounds were sealed using the Celox product. The patient was able to maintain excellent vitals through-out the transport to the receiving hospital. Celox enabled us to focus less on the injury and more on other life saving skills. All staff members involved commented on the lack of blood loss present for such a significant wound. After seeing the effectiveness of this product I recommend using Celox as the first-line in hemorrhage control agent.
The case was a 48 year old male with varicose veins in his
leg and foot. EMS was called after one began bleeding.
Simple pressure was not very effective in stopping it. EMS
applied Celox and bandaged the foot. He came to the ED
with no further bleeding. Celox was washed off and he was
discharged without further need for treatment.
Marvin Wayne, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Cases where Celox has been lifesaving when used in the operating room.
(Reported in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
63 Year old male underwent CABG on pump. Bleeding from the surface of the heart at the site of the LAD anastomosis was troublesome. The patient received FFP, Platelets, Cryoprecipitate and Factor VII, together with topical Floseal. He was transferred to the intensive care unit but required re-opening for ongoing bleeding. Conventional haemostatic agents were again applied but the bleeding continued. Celox was applied and the bleeding ceased with a few minutes of gentle pressure. The chest was then closed almost immediately.
(Reported in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
50 year old male was admitted with a stab wound to the root of the neck and a massive haemothorax. He was transferred emergently to the operating room and underwent a thoracotomy. In spite of liberal use of conventional haemostatic agents and blind attempts at overseeing the bleeding site control could not be achieved and he suffered a cardiac arrest in the presence of ongoing bleeding. He was resuscitated and Celox applied to the site of the injury. Haemodynamic stability was immediately achieved as the bleeding then stopped.
A 75yr old female underwent CABG with a prolonged in hospital stay from a wound infection. 19 days post-operatively she suffered a major arterial bleed from her wound and was transferred emergently to the operating room. Re-sternotomy showed a spontaneous perforation of the ascending aorta. Haemostasis was easily achieved with Celox in spite of the central arterial pressure. The situation was stabilised and conventional repair could then be safely undertaken.
(Reported to me)
Patient with pelvic bleeding after an AP resection. The bleeding was deep and access was difficult. Attempts with deep sutures and surgicel were unsuccessful. “I was impressed with the effect of Celox, which allowed control of the haemorrhage after approximately five minutes of pressure.”
(Reported to me)
Accidental injury to the abdominal aorta during laparoscopy. Celox gained haemostasis and allowed the patient to be opened in a haemodynamically stable position and surgical repair to be effected.
(Reported from Turkey)
A 65 year old female underwent mitral valve repair and ascending aortoplasty for aortic regurgitation. The aortotomy bled and a second bypass run was required for aortic replacement to control haemorrhage, which then continued unabated. Packing was unsuccessful and Celox was applied to the bleeding site, resulting in rapid haemostasis.
(Reported from Turkey)
A 24 year old male patient was brought to the emergency service with a gun shot wound to the left supra-clavicular area and neck. Median sternotomy was performed and the incision was prolonged to include the left supra-clavicular region. Injuries to the left subclavian artery and vein, the left common carotid artery and to the left internal jugular vein were identified. The damaged vascular structures were surgically repaired and the haemorrhage from those areas was controlled. However, on the left side of neck there was haemorrhage from deep cervical areas and it was impossible to clearly identify its origin and achieve control surgically by suture or mechanically by pressure. Eventually Celox granules were applied into the bleeding area and compressed with a sponge for a 5 minute period. This achieved haemostasis.
"I used Celox today whilst opening a very difficult re-do case. The innominate vein was damaged early on whilst opening the sternum. It was very stuck to the back of the sternum and I entered it with the sternum only partly open. I packed it with gauze swabs in the conventional fashion but it continued to bleed. In this situation you can not just open the sternum because it then tears and a minor problem becomes a disaster. You have to either cope with it bleeding and use lots of discard / cell saver suction, or heparinise which always leads to much more bleeding later. In the worst case scenario you end up on emergent femoral bypass with all the problems that can cause (multiple transfusions etc.)
Solution: about 5gm of Celox or less onto the innominate vein, damp swab on top. Bleeding stops and leisurely (aka careful) mobilisation of the heart from the sternum and continue with the procedure. I couldn't claim I actually saved a life with it, but I certainly made life a lot easier. (And probably saved a lot of blood products and attached risk.)"
Cases 1, 2, 6 and 7 were clearly saved by the use of Celox. Cases 3, 5 and 8 were stabilised from life threatening bleeding and allowed
time for conventional measures to be undertaken. Case 4 might have responded to prolonged packing, possibly a staged re-laparotomy,
and multiple transfusions; i.e. the conventional approach. Clearly however was much better served by rapid achievement of haemostasis.
Provided by Russell Millner, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, UK.
I want to relate an interesting call where Celox made an
enormous difference. First case was a 80 year old female
with renovascular hypertension and need for dialysis. To
make matter worse she was on Coumadin and was had an
extremely high blood pressure. She needed her dialysis to
reduce the pressure. She developed a spontaneous bleed in
her dialysis shunt. In fact it was extremely high pressure
bleeding and would not stop with pressure and pressure
dressing. She came to the ED with a BP of 190/70 active
bleeding in her arm and an INR of 2.1. I applied Celox and a
pressure dressing and 10 min later she was bloodless and
after washing off the Celox she went on to dialysis.
Marvin Wayne, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
And a report from a missionary hospital in Africa
I had hardly slept the night before anticipating the complexities of operating on this man's neck. He had a mass bulging out under his right mandible which looked like a bunch of large grapes with bearded skin stretched tightly over them. The mass was smooth and lumpy and about the size of a large grapefruit. He'd been to many other hospitals who'd told him there's nothing that can be done.
The surgery started off bad with a difficult intubation. I put the laryngoscope into his mouth only to find myself faced with a looming open esophagus and no vocal cords in sight. I pulled up with all my strength, tried repositioning the head, had someone try and push his voice box down, all to no avail. Finally, I blindly inserted the tube above where I could see the esophagus and pulled out the guide wire. As my cousin Jenny filled up the cuff with air and my cousin John attached the ambu-bag I looked for the telltale signs of vapor on the tube. Then, Jenny verified that there were breath sounds.
Unfortunately, at this time his oxygen saturation started to fall as his pulse jumped up to 172 beats per minute. I listened to his lungs and they were clamped down like a severe asthma attack. I quickly asked Simeon to give him some IV steroids and Chelsey to run to the pharmacy for some bronchodilators. It was about this time he started to grunt and clench his jaw and hands while straining like he was going to burst through some invisible barrier like the Incredible Hulk transforming himself into the Green Monster. I shouted at Simeon who quickly gave him more Diazepam on top of the Ketamine.
Finally, after about 30 minutes, we had him sedated enough, airways open enough and heart rate down enough to start the hard part of the case.
I had dissected the skin off the mass and was working my way around the lateral side underneath the tumor when I got into the jugular vein.
As the blood gurgles into the wound I quickly put my finger over it with a gauze pad between me and the large vein carrying most of the blood from the head. I pause for a moment. What do I do now? I'm definitely in uncharted territory. I calmly ask Johnny to put on some sterile gloves and hold pressure on the wound. As he holds the man's lifeblood from escaping under his finger I continue to methodically and painstakingly dissect the rest of the mass off the mandible, the voice box, the trachea and the carotid artery and other deep muscular neck structures. An hour later, the mass is out.
Johnny's fingers are paralyzed in position and totally numb. I ask him to gently take off pressure. Blood surges into the surgical field. He quickly presses back down.
It's then I remember my old friend, Erling Oksenholt pulling me into his office in Oregon in May and showing me a short video. In the video, a gloved hand is poised over a pig's groin. A sharp scalpel suddenly lunges down slicing through the porker's femoral artery. As blood spews from the wound the gloved hand quickly piles on gauze and holds down fiercely. Then, just as quickly, the gauze is withdrawn and a white powder is poured into the wound and the gauze and pressure is quickly reapplied. A note on the bottom of the screen says "five minutes later" as the scene shifts slightly. The gloved hand releases pressure and gently pulls up the gauze. There is no bleeding.
I also remember that Erling gave me some packets of this miracle powder (Celox) that I had left with my cousin John to bring with him when he came three days ago.
I yell to Brian to run over and check the bags that he and John brought and see if he couldn't find any. Meanwhile, John and I continue to wait and hold pressure. Brian comes back at first to say he didn't find any. Jenny and Chelsey go to help him look. Finally, Brian comes back with a small, white plastic bag with Celox in big red letters. Brian opens the sack and I say, "ready" and lift off the gauze as he quickly pours in the powder and I reapply pressure. Five minutes later I lift off the guaze and see white powder in the wound but no bleeding.
Johnny has been reading the instructions and says that now I should irrigate the powder out of the wound which I do. At the end I am trying to wipe out the last fragments and the blood gushes forth again. We repeat the process and the second time I'm a little gentler.
It holds and I close the muscles and skin, wrap his head and neck in a loose ace wrap and then send him off to ICU attached to a ventilator (whoops, dreaming again). Instead, I take out his endotracheal tube and send him out to the hot, sticky wards where his family will fan him with homemade woven fans and we'll hope he wakes up and his throat doesn't swell up too much so that he can't breathe.
Two days later he's complaining of a sore throat but sitting up, breathing normally and taking liquids. His neck has virtually no swelling at all.
James Appell, from a missionary facility in Africa.
Gary- I did receive the free sample and have already had the opportunity to use it. We had a player last Friday night get a bloody nose during a kick return and only missed one play because the bleeding was stopped very quickly. I am very impressed with the product because it doesn't leave any powder in the nose like the stuff we were currently using. I need to find some space in my budget first but I will be placing an order soon.Kudos to an excellent product!!
Physical Education Department Windsor High School
“I'm a multitasker at best when covering 4 mats at once during a wrestling tournament and I have to be on my best game. At a recent tournament I had an athlete come out with a nosebleed not once, but twice gushing. The regular noseplug wasn't holding it in. He was nearing his max amount of allowed time for the match so I pulled out my celox sample and used it instead of a regular noseplug. I folded it and pressed it into the wall of his nostril for about 30 seconds. He was able to finish the match after that without any additional bleeding.”
Crystal Shirk, MS, LAT, ATC Southeastern Sports Medicine Owen High School
I received a sample nosebleed dressing at the NIAAA conference and was a bit skeptical about all the hoopla surrounding these dressings being able to control the bleeding so quickly, but at one of our boys basketball games this week, I had the opportunity to use this sample dressing on a nosebleed, and it did exactly as you stated it would. The nosebleed was under control what seemed like immediately. The player returned to the game and barely missed a beat. I will be ordering some of these dressings.
Don Farler, Athletic Director
It was September 2004 and my son was chasing after his friend when he attempted to put his hand on the door. Needless to say, his hand went through the frosted glass window of the old wooden/glass door! It filleted his skin on his forearm off! As a Certified Athletic Trainer, I tried everything to get it to stop bleeding. I ended up taking h to the ER to which they placed this awesome celox material on it. After 2 strips, the capillary bleeding finally stopped!
Celox is now available for every ATC. I have it in my kit -always! Thank you for such an important product!
Jennifer Rath Semle, MS, ATC