ChitoGauze now Recommended by COTCCC

U.S. Department of Defense’s Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) updated its guideline recommendations to include HemCon’s ChitoGauze hemostatic chitosan-coated gauze product.

“The official acknowledgment of ChitoGauze’s efficacy given by the addition to the CoTCCC guidelines is a true testament to HemCon’s dedication to always provide products that can help save lives,” said Michael Wax, CEO and President

WESTPORT, Conn., April 10, 2014  —  HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc. (“HemCon”), a leading developer and marketer of advanced medical products, announced today that the U.S. Department of Defense’s Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) updated its guideline recommendations for control of severe external hemorrhage to include HemCon’s ChitoGauze hemostatic chitosan-coated gauze product.

In addition to its hemostatic effect, ChitoGauze also offers broad-spectrum antibacterial effectiveness within the dressing; a feature that no other battlefield tested dressing offers. This capability assumes increasing relevance with the emergence of multi-drug resistant bacteria such as Acinetobacter baumannii and MRSA and their increasing incidence in military wounds.

“The official acknowledgment of ChitoGauze’s efficacy given by the addition to the CoTCCC guidelines is a true testament to HemCon’s dedication to always provide products that can help save lives,” said Michael Wax, President and CEO of HemCon. “Being back on the protocol, following HemCon’s original lyophilized HemCon Bandage tenure, will guarantee best-in-class hemostatic technology is available for our soldiers on the battlefield.”  

External hemorrhaging has been increasingly recognized as a major cause of preventable death following severe injury on the battlefield and in civilian settings. The ChitoGauze hemostatic dressing is now recognized across all U.S. Military Services for providing hemorrhage control after tourniquet or other recommended controls have failed. In published data by the Naval Medical Research Unit, San Antonio (NAMRU-SA), ChitoGauze controlled bleeding effectively in the standardized in-vivo U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research (ISR) injury model with absence of foreign material in the wound. ChitoGauze has a proven track record in controlling hemorrhage in military and civilian trauma, and is being used successfully by emergency systems and hospitals across the United States as well as internationally.

The CoTCCC guidelines are based on evidence-based review of the medical literature and on pre-clinical studies conducted by the Naval Medical Research Center and the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research. The CoTCCC recommendations for treatment of traumatic bleeding are used across all U.S. Military Forces. The CoTCCC Guidelines are respected internationally with many allied and foreign military services incorporating the same guidelines within their own services. With regulatory approvals and a strong distribution network in place, HemCon anticipates broad sales of its life-saving ChitoGauze dressing within military services worldwide.

About HemCon Medical Technologies

HemCon Medical Technologies Inc., founded in 2001, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative technologies for hemostatic devices for the control of bleeding resulting from trauma or surgery. HemCon products are designed for use by military and civilian first responders as well as medical professionals in hospital and clinical settings where control of bleeding are of critical importance. HemCon is headquartered in Portland, Ore. With a 36,000 sq. ft. state of the art manufacturing facility, the Company has additional commercial operations in Ireland and the Czech Republic. For more information, HemCon is now Tricol Biomedical please visit tricolbiomedical.com.