Monday, October 5, 2009

Review: ABC Gauze

Now that Nate is walking and (gasp!) running full-time, I know it's only a matter of time before bumps and bruises give way to cuts, scrapes and gashes. Especially when he grows tired after playing nonstop and starts to wobble like a drunken sailor. His eyes get droopy and pink, and his peripheral vision suffers as he trips and falls or runs into tables, chairs, toys and whatever else blocks his path. I find myself hovering over him, using my hands as a helmet for his bulldozer of a head. (With my anxiety, it's amazing I have any nails left.)

But no matter how careful we may be, accidents are inevitable. Some are probably going to draw blood, as horrifying as that vision may be. That's why it's crucial to be prepared for those instances.

When I heard of a review opportunity for a new first aid bandage on The Product Review Place, I knew it was something we could use.
ABC Gauze is the new way to stop bleeding fast in hundreds of diverse situations where bleeding can occur. ABC Gauze is an all-natural, collagen-like substance created from regenerated cellulose, a effective hemostatic agent registered with the FDA to help control bleeding from wounds and in-body cavities.
ABC Gauze is different from traditional cotton gauze because when it comes into contact with blood, it converts into a safe, clear gel that expands to create direct pressure, physically blocking and sealing off any damaged blood vessels. This enables the clotting process to stop the bleeding as quickly as possible.

ABC Gauze has numerous applications and can be used for nosebleeds, mouth trauma, sports/outdoor injuries, cuts, abrasions, puncture wounds or lacerations, and is ideal for people taking blood thinning medication. It comes in 4 sizes from 1"x 1" (minor cuts, shaving nicks, etc.) to 4" x 4" (large scale bleeding or deep tissue lacerations). ABC Gauze can be cut to fit smaller wounds or, in cases of severe bleeding, can be folded to create more layers of protection.

Best of all, ABC Gauze washes off easily and painlessly with water, unlike sticky adhesives that can irritate or reopen the wound when you remove them. There are also no known side effects.

I was sent two 2" x 2" pieces of ABC Gauze for my review. I held onto them for some time, in case we encountered a situation warranting their use, but thankfully, my accident-prone family has somehow managed to avoid any bloody catastrophes as of late. So, I decided to demonstrate the use of the bandage substituting water for blood.

Here is the sterile piece of ABC Gauze prior to being dipped in the water. It was very thin, lightweight, and easy to handle. I could actually see through it.

And here is the bandage after being saturated in water for 5 seconds. You can see how it has transformed to a clear, gelatinous material.

Bottom line: While I haven't had the opportunity to test this product for its true purpose, I like the fact that it is FDA-approved and all natural, so it can be used on my son without fear of harmful ingredients seeping into his bloodstream. It seems very easy to use and fast-acting, which is essential with squirmy little ones. I think this would be a useful addition to any first aid kit.

It is important to note that these bandages do NOT take the place of professional medical attention. In the case of serious or even questionable wounds, please consult a physician or go to the nearest emergency room.

BUY IT: You can order ABC Gauze online on their website. There are three packages to choose from, ranging from $14.99 to $24.99 each.

Disclaimer: I received 2 pieces of ABC Gauze from Elyse at PR Revolution to facilitate my candid review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post.

Thank you to Elyse at PR Revolution and The Product Review Place for this review opportunity!


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