How 2 Guys with No Medical Experience Changed Battlefield Medicine Forever
2023/08/13

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As an Amazon Associate, Military.com earns from qualifying purchases. QuikClot Combat Gauze is exclusively used by various entities like the U.S. Army, the Chicago Police Department, and even Taylor Swift. Before QuikClot was introduced, medics used outdated methods to stop bleeding in combat wounded troops, which hadn't changed since the Civil War. However, QuikClot changed the game and became a crucial part of first-aid kits.

Frank Hursey, an engineer, came up with the idea of using zeolite, a mineral, to separate the water in blood from its other components. He tested this on a mouse in 1983 and successfully stopped the bleeding.

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Despite patenting his idea, Hursey faced difficulty finding pharmaceutical companies interested in his invention. It wasn't until he met Bart Gullong, who was looking for meaning in his life, that his idea gained traction. Gullong worked with Hursey to build a compact oxygen generator for a military contract and seized the opportunity to demonstrate Hursey's zeolite creation. The zeolite powder, now known as QuikClot, was the only product with a 100% survival rate in a blood clotting trial on pig arterial wounds. They marketed QuikClot to the military but faced resistance from the Army, which backed a less effective product.

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"In the Blood: How Two Outsiders Solved a Centuries-Old Medical Mystery and Took on the US Army" depicts Gullong's fight to save American troops' lives despite the Army's resistance. The book also covers the improvements made to QuikClot over the years, leading to the creation of QuikClot Combat Gauze.

Millions of dollars were wasted before the Army finally adopted QuikClot, and various legal battles occurred as a major drug company fought for its alternative product. Throughout the Global War on Terror, countless American troops were saved or lost while waiting for the Army to accept QuikClot.

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"In the Blood: How Two Outsiders Solved a Centuries-Old Medical Mystery and Took on the US Army" provides a captivating history of this revolutionary discovery, along with the stories of the individuals who fought to make it accessible worldwide. The book is available in Kindle, audiobook, and hardcover formats. To stay updated with military news, entertainment, and resources, subscribe to the Military.com newsletter.

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