Q: How does TrueClot work?
A: TrueClot is a safe, non-biological fluid that mimics blood clotting when mixed with our Simulated Hemostatic Gauze or Clotting Solution. The simulated clots that are formed are safe, non-hazardous and very realistic. Simulated clots will not form unless mixed with TrueClot Simulated Hemostatic Gauze or Clotting Solution.
Q: What are the costs per training?
A: Costs can vary based on the type of training. If you are demonstrating basic wound packing techniques with our Task Trainers, Blood Simulant and Simulated Hemostatic Gauze you can expect to use 50ml to 100ml of Blood Simulant per wound packing event and 4ft. to 12ft. of Simulated Hemostatic Gauze. One gallon of TrueClot Blood Simulant will usually last for at least 40 to 60 wound packing events ($1 or less per packing event.) Gauze costs vary on the amount of gauze used per packing event. Our Task Trainers are highly durable and can be used for thousands of packing events.
Q: Can I treat my own gauze to work with TrueClot Blood Simulant?
A: Yes! You can treat any absorbent gauze with TrueClot Clotting Solution to create a gauze that will simulate clotting with packing into flowing TrueClot Blood Simulant. Simply pour 3ml – 10ml of Clotting Solution onto your gauze (volume will depend on the type, length and absorbent properties of the gauze, watch the video on this page for a demonstration.) The treated gauze can be used immediately or dried and used at a later time. We also offer pre-treated, ready to use gauze in various sizes.
Q: Where can TrueClot be purchased?
A: Currently you may purchase TrueClot by viewing our Purchase page and visiting our distributor websites.
Q: Does TrueClot stain skin or clothing?
A: TrueClot will leave a red coloration on skin that will wash clean with soap and water (bar soap works best.) TrueClot washes from most clothing with a simple soak in soapy water (as demonstrated in our videos). For small stains simply launder as normal. For larger stains or if the stain has dried, rinse excess TrueClot from the garment with warm, soapy water. Then soak in soapy water for 1-3 hours and launder as normal. White fabrics may be more difficult to launder if the stain has dried. Laundering white fabrics for two cycles or washing with dilute bleach solution will usually remove the stain.
Q: Is TrueClot safe to use on skin and live actors?
A: Yes, TrueClot is made from cosmetic and food grade materials. Do not place TrueClot in your mouth. Doing so is not dangerous but TrueClot is not flavored and is not intended to be ingested. If contact with eyes occurs, rinse thoroughly with water and seek medical attention if any irritation persists.
Q: What is the shelf life of TrueClot Blood Simulant?
A: TrueClot Blood Simulant Pre-mix is shelf stable for 36 months from the date of manufacture (expiration date is listed on the label.) TrueClot Blood Simulant Concentrate is shelf stable for 36 months from the date of manufacture (expiration date is listed on each packet.) After mixing the resulting Blood Simulant will remain stable for an additional 12 months if distilled water was used to dissolve the concentrate and if stored at room temperature. Clotted Blood Simulant can not be stored and reused.
Q: Can TrueClot be used in medical simulators?
A: TrueClot has been tested on multiple high- and low-fidelity medical simulation platforms and has been approved for use in various simulation systems (click here for details.) TrueClot is well suited for use in task trainers through which simulated blood is designed to be delivered using a moulage pump, peristaltic or other liquid pump or a squeeze bottle. TrueClot will not clot inside tubing. TrueClot is water soluble and will wash cleanly from tubing when flushed thoroughly with water. TrueClot has not been tested on all manikin/simulator platforms and may cause damage if improperly cleaned after use. If you have a question about using TrueClot in your simulator please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.