Canadian soldiers, from every walk of the military, are lugging QuikClot to Afghanistan. The vacuum-pack bags, costing about $50, are designed "to stop moderate-to-severe bleeding" by drawing plasma out of the blood, instantly causing it to coagulate.
"This stuff is leading edge," said Sgt. Lawrence Aho of Petawawa's medical branch, adding much of it only appeared on the military scene in the past two years — and it's "leaps" ahead of existing field treatments.
It all adds up to one goal for Canadians heading to a land of increasing uncertainty.
"You're responsible for your first aid until someone can get to you," Aho said. "Your weapon is still pointed at the enemy."
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