Collaclot and Pet First aid for bleeding

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Embedded objects and Collaclot

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In this video, we'll address the procedure for dealing with embedded objects. For illustrative purposes, we're using a mock-up scenario of a twig lodged in an animal's leg. It's crucial to note that the embedded object should never be removed, regardless of how simple it may seem. This is because the foreign object, in this case, a piece of wood, could be near an artery, and its removal may cause a dangerous bleed. Presently, the object is acting as a plug for the wound. Therefore, the primary task for us as first-aiders is not to remove it but to control the bleeding and get the animal to a vet.

Typically, one might consider applying dressings to the wound, but these won't necessarily halt the bleeding or encourage healing. Using COLLACLOT™ offers a more effective solution. Without disturbing the embedded object, COLLACLOT™ can be carefully packed around the wound. This action not only helps to stop the bleeding and promote healing but also assists in keeping the object stable.

To secure the COLLACLOT™ and the object, standard medium dressings can be used. These are opened and folded to create pads that can be placed on either side of the object, providing additional support. It's advisable to have two people involved in this process, as holding everything in place can be challenging.

To further secure everything, another dressing with a cut-out hole to accommodate the embedded object can be applied over the top. This additional layer helps to keep the COLLACLOT™ and the other bandages in place and prevents the embedded object from moving.

Once the bandage is securely wrapped around, avoiding any direct pressure on the embedded object, it can be tied in place. This setup ensures that the COLLACLOT™ is in a position to control the bleeding and facilitate healing, while the bandages keep everything secure and stable.

This procedure should only be considered as a first response, with immediate veterinary attention being essential. By following these steps, you can effectively manage the bleed and stabilise the animal, ensuring they are ready for professional veterinary care as soon as possible.