1. A check point soldier was shot in the shoulder during an ambush. The bullet entered the right shoulder from a superior lateral directed towards the lungs. He would require a right chest tube but importantly the penetrating wound was such that it involved bone marrow destruction and other tissues along with blood vessels. Bone marrow oozes and so does surrounding tissues, there was nothing to clamp off or put a tourniquet around so I used a piece of the ChitoFlex, made a corck screw of it and shoved it into the wound. The oozing slowed down thus noted by the decrease in the pleura-vac volume of blood as we kept the patient for 14hrs before medevac arrived for higher level of care.
2. 7.62 round either ricocheted or hit the patient in the hand which sent the bullet tumbling creating a deep right temporal occipital laceration. Head laceration cause significant bleeding and since we did not want to close the area because of the further exploration and surgery he would need I used a piece of the ChitoFlex and bandaging to stop the head laceration bleeding. Again giving us the flexibility to work with patients while using the versatility of the ChitoFlex; molding it to shapes desired for hemorrhage/bleeding control.
Thank you for your support sir of me and my sailors/soldiers/airmen during OEF.”