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Super Soaker: Life-Saving Gauze

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A police officer is ambushed. He didn’t see it coming, and as he lay dying the first responders had a simple first aid tool that helped save his life. But this tool has new super powers that can stop someone from bleeding to death.

The shots kept coming.

“He pulled a handgun out and started shooting,” Gerald Veneziano, an injured police officer told Ivanhoe.

One, two, three, four.

“My face three times. My leg, in my arm, my chest,” Officer Veneziano said.

Nine shots were fired into Fairfield, New Jersey police officer Gerald Veneziano. The shooter even hit the artery in his thigh.

“ We located a heavy bleeding gunshot wound right above his leg,” Officer Michael Orr, a first aid provider told Ivanhoe.

Police officer Michael Orr of a neighboring department in West Caldwell was the first to administer medical aid. In his first aid kit something ironically he used while a marine in Iraq. Gauze— a special kind of treated gauze, which stops bleeding.

“And turn a regular piece of surgical gauze into a very powerful hemostatic agent,” Brian Herman, CEO of Z-Medica told Ivanhoe.

The gauze is called QuikClot. Z-Medica CEO Brian Herman says a blood-clotting agent is embedded into the fibers of the gauze. And it’s been used by the military and in tragedies like treating the survivors in the Arizona shooting of representative Gabrielle Giffords.

“All the tests we’ve done before showed a 600 percent improvement in the time to hemostatic in time to actually clot and stop bleeding, than regular gauze or regular manual pressure,” Herman said.

“Obviously it saves lives, I carry it on me personally,” Orr added.

“It saved my life,” Veneziano concluded.

And hopefully will save many more.

Since Officer Veneziano’s shooting the Fairfield, New Jersey police department has issued QuikClot gauze to every officer just in case. Officer Veneziano just had surgery to remove his last bullet from his face. He is not back on the street just yet. The suspect who fired on the uniformed officer for no apparent reason is in a mental institution.

The Materials Research Society contributed to the information contained in the TV portion of this report.

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Brian Herman
CEO of Z-MEDICA Corporation

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