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"I just want to tell you that Blist-O-Ban is a life-saving product for those of us who run! Last weekend I completed the Seattle Marathon with NO BLISTERS!! I have NEVER before been able to complete a running event without developing painful blisters on both feet around my toes. At the end of every event I have always suffered from blisters and sore feet for days afterwards but NO MORE! Your knowledgeable and helpful staff at the Expo booth were very friendly and applied the product to both feet at no charge and clearly explained how the product works and how to care for my toes. I wish I had bought a box right then and there. You can bet I will never run another event without using this product! Thank you from the bottom of my feet!"
"After dealing with blisters and hot spots all during my training for the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon the last four or so months, finding Blist-O-Ban solved my problems! ...At the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon this past weekend, I stopped by the Blist-O-Ban booth at the expo and was impressed with the demonstration of how the bans work. So, I bought some of the large size ones for the bottom of my feet. The bans stayed on during the 13.1 mile walk, I didn't feel them, they did not slide, I did not feel any burning (which would normally begin around mile 6 or 7) and did not develop any blisters or tender spots. It was truly a miracle! Thanks so much and I will promote your product to anyone I know with blister issues!"
"As an avid backpacker, I must tell you that in the past 15 years of backpacking, I have tried numerous pairs of expensive boots, hundreds of different socks, sock liners,...and any other miracle product I could find to prevent blisters. Yet, EVERY time I went, I would get blisters- the big bleeding, takes months to heal kind of blisters. Apparently my heel is more narrow than the rest of my foot, therefore causing friction on the heel. On a lark I decided I would try yet another "blister preventer" called blistoban. Before I started on a section hike of the Appalachian trail I placed a blistoban on each of my heels, and each morning put a new one on- I did not even get a hot spot on my 50 mile hike!!! As a nurse practitioner I understand the science behind the product, but as a backpacker all I recognize are RESULTS. Thanks so much- a fan for life,"
"Wanted to tell you that I used Blist-O-Ban yesterday at the Capital City Half Marathon in Columbus, OH to prevent my usual blisters/hot spots. The weather was terrible-windy, snow, sleet and rain. By the time I finished I was cold and soaked to the skin-but NO BLISTERS. I plan to use Blist-O-Ban on all my long walks/runs from now on!"
"This is my love letter to a product...Blist-O-Ban. I am 61 years old. I've run very little in my life. But last December, when I was laid off from my job, I decided to go for something way outside of my definition of what I can do. So I joined the AIDS Marathon training group and trained for the San Francisco Marathon. The training was challenging but one of the worst parts was the discovery that I form really bad blisters really easily. This began a search for the ideal blister prevention system. After much experimentation, I settled on Spenco Second Skin. It wasn't perfect because it didn't last for the long runs but it was the best I could do. And it was my plan to use it during the marathon.
During the expo, the day before the marathon, I came upon your booth. The woman demonstrated Blist-O-Ban and by the end of our conversation I decided to do what is not usually recommended-I bought some for the marathon the next day. So the morning of the marathon, I used Blist-O-Ban and Second Skin, half and half. About half way through the run, the Second Skin gave out and I replaced it with Blist-O-Ban products and...at the end of the marathon, I had no blisters!! This was really a miracle. So this is my way of saying thank you to you all for making such a wonderful product."
"6 year old daughter-big nasty blister day one (to the point that the skin tore, etc.). Day two, 2 ½ mile family hike....Cleaned the wound and applied the Blist-O-Ban, worked like a charm, no complaints for the entire hike. Pretty cool...was a tremendous success."
"I wanted to thank you personally for your innovative product, Blist-O-Ban. Talk about a literal footsaver. I was on a backcountry fly fishing trip, and made the mistake of wearing a pair of river shoes on our first day instead of my wading boots. The blisters that developed that day were excruciating, so you can imagine my discomfort having to hike back to camp that night. Luckily one of my fellow expeditioners had packed what he called a "blister fix miracle": the Blist-O-Bans. He wasn't kidding. Had he not packed those, I probably would not have been able to continue fishing or hiking on our trip. Blist-O-Bans will now always be part of my pack."
"...through stream crossings, hot weather, & 28 hours later. I didn't have a hot spot or blister on my forefeet. I will definitely use them again, & recommend them...Thanks Blist-o-ban."
"Super-thin! You'll forget it's on."
Runner's World magazine
"It kept our tester's blister pain-free on a 3-mile run and stayed put all day."
"Blist-O-Ban bandages stay on even in the shower and create a synthetic domed "blister" over the real one, protecting damaged skin and preventing pain."
Real Simple magazine
"Blist-0-Ban Blister bandages designed to keep friction from worsening hot spots, Blist-0-Ban Bandages received glowing reviews from our test runners. "I'm normally blister-prone, and these were a life-saver," said one tester. The six-piece variety pack includes two each of the small, medium and large bandages that can mold to any part of a foot."
Hooked on the Outdoors magazine (Summer Gear Guide)
"As a frequent boot tester, I know my way around blisters. Lately, I've been using Blist-O-Ban, which relieves hot spots by putting a small bubble of air directly over them. Available in three sizes, the bandages reduce friction and pressure by mimicking the physics of an actual blister."
"I am a CWOCN working in home care in an urban part of Iowa. We had an elderly man with a long history of paraplegia develop a reopened stage 4 pressure ulcer. This gentleman has had numerous pressure ulcer issues and has bilateral ischiectomies and coccygectomy due to osteomyelitis. He has also had his maximum amount of muscle flaps. He has limited resources and support. On 4/2/07 we admitted him to homecare with an ulcer at the (R) ischium: 6.5 x 6.5 x 2cm, wound bed filled with slough. He was on a low air loss bed and had a ROHO in his wheelchair. His time in the wheelchair was limited to 1 hr 2-3x/d. He actually spent most of his time in bed, off the ulcer. By late November the ulcer was completely debrided using alginate and transparent dressing and measured 6.5 x 2 x 2cm. We continued the same treatment and by 9/20/07 the opening was .1 x .7 x .1cm. It had copious drainage. Checked for undermining and found he had undermining circumferentially from 1 to 5.5cm. The wound was too small to add treatment to the undermining. Since undermining is caused by friction and shearing, he was taught on positioning to reduce friction and shearing. He was variably compliant with this. We decided to change the transparent covering the alginate to Bursamed to help decrease friction. 10/18/07 the wound was .1 x .6 x .1cm. The undermining was confined to the 9 o'clock to 12 o'clock position and was only .5 - 2cm. As of 11/29/07 the wound was completely healed. This is the first dressing I have found that truly makes a difference in the problems with friction and shearing issues. Patients report great comfort when the friction is reduced by the Bursamed dressing."
Liz, BSN, RN, CWOCN
"I have been using BursaMed since September 2005...I have now expanded the use to patients with non-infected partial thickness ulcers and have had success in closing the wound with the use of topical cleansing and the application of BursaMed to reduce shear forces from the wound. It is simple for patients to apply and keeps the wound clean and moist with a sterile barrier."
"Within three weeks the ulcer on my heel showed significant improvement and was measurably reduced by size and depth."
Ross (Patient), Chicago, IL
Patient received wound care treatment for 6 weeks with minimal improvement until he used BursaMed
"Patient started on Iodoflex™ under BursaMed on 11/6/08. Stage 2 heel pressure ulcer (was) 0.2x0.9x0.6 cm. Two weeks later (pressure ulcer was) 0.1x0.6x0.3 cm. Switched to Dermagran® under BursaMed, changing dressing three times weekly. Patient was healed by 12/4/08. This was an elderly patient with compromised circulation! Healed in 4 weeks!"
"Yesterday afternoon we were called to a fallen climber with an open pelvic fracture who very nearly exsanguinated and died at the bottom of the crag. The bleeding was so brisk it had completely soaked 3 large ambulance dressings. I used Celox, and it managed to control his massive external haemorrhage until he reached the hospital via air ambulance.
The Consultant receiving the patient at the hospital was very complimentary about Celox, saying it probably helped save the guys life. It worked well, did what it was supposed to do and is ideal for use in the mountain rescue environment. Since this incident several other UK mountain rescue teams are looking into carrying it in their kits."
Dr Steve Rowe, Medical officer PDMRO and Edale MRT
"... two interesting calls where Celox made an enormous difference. First case was an 80 year old female with renovascular hypertension and need for dialysis. To make matter worse she was on Coumadin and had an extremely high blood pressure. She needed her dialysis to reduce the pressure. She developed a spontaneous bleed in her dialysis shunt. In fact it was extremely high pressure bleeding and would not stop with pressure and pressure dressing. She came to the ED with a BP of 190/70 active bleeding in her arm and an INR of 2.1. I applied Celox and a pressure dressing and 10 min later she was bloodless and after washing off the Celox she went on to dialysis.
Case two was a 48 year old male with varicose veins in his leg and foot. EMS was called after one began bleeding. Simple pressure was not very effective in stopping it. EMS applied Celox and bandaged the foot. He came to the ED with no further bleeding. Celox was washed off and he was discharged without further need for treatment.
... what a wonderful outcome to two problematic cases with a very simple solution. It is not just gunshot and stab wounds that benefit from this wonderful product, but every day events."
Marvin Wayne, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
"I had the opportunity to use Celox for unstoppable atraumatic bleeding from an external tumor. I stripped the existing bandaging off the area, applied the Celox all the way around and over the tumor, then placed trauma dressings and applied pressure with Coban. During the transport to the hospital, no further bleeding was noted. Once at the hospital, most of the Celox was removed, but there was no blood loss. The ED staff was very impressed, as was I. This call would have definitely turned out differently with Celox. What a wonderful product!"
Eric Augustus, Critical Care Paramedic
"...The infant was bleeding profusely... the infant's head had been cut severely and looked to be fatal if not treated extremely quickly. The skin was cut an inch from the center of the forehead all the way down to the middle of the ear on the left hand side. The cut was 4 - 5 inches minimum. I... then put CELOX on the wound to stop the bleeding or else the infant would die of blood loss. I then poured the CELOX onto the skin and wrapped the bandage around the infants head. I tied off the bandage and wrapped a piece of tap around the bandage to secure it. I then took my permanent marker that was supplied in the medical kit and wrote, "CELOX - Hemostatic agent - used on infant." I gave the package of CELOX for the father to hold and give to the paramedics. At this point a Texas State Police Officer appeared at the scene and soon after the EMS crew showed. I told the State Police Officer what happened and then told the EMS. One of the EMS crew members asked how I put it on there and said that I did it properly. He also said that if I wouldn't have rendered aid or had a medical kit to this stature on my person the infant would have best case scenario severe brain damage due to massive blood loss or worst case scenario (most likely) the bleeding would have proven fatal because infants don't have near as much blood as adults and he had already lost a lot of blood. ... If not for the product CELOX this infant would have died."
"Our crew was dispatched to a large caliber GSW to the chest. After isolating the right lung, both entrance and exit wounds were sealed using the Celox product. The patient was able to maintain excellent vitals through-out the transport to the receiving hospital. All staff members involved commented on the lack of blood loss present for such a significant wound. After seeing the effectiveness of this product, I recommend using Celox as the first-line in hemorrhage control agent."
Nicholas Puff, Paramedic
"I am the medic in charge on a research ship out of Newport, OR. Just an hour ago a man cut an artery on his scalp. Bleeding did not stop with pressure so I took some Celox Gauze, doubled up a 12 inch piece with an a.b.d. on top. Bleeding stopped by the time I wrapped his head up with Kerlix. I just got this from your office in Newport for the ship. You have a top notch product and a customer for life. Now all my medic bags will have Celox in them, at sea and home."
"Celox is without a doubt the most exciting hemostatic dressing I have had the opportunity to work with. It is extremely easy to use, almost foolproof. I believe every soldier, not just every medic, should carry Celox in their kit."
Chris D., US Army
"Wanted to let you know that we used Celox in a patient with a venous stasis wound of the leg that would not stop bleeding for several days - she had a coagulopathy on top of the physical wound. We used Celox and the bleeding stopped immediately - we left it in and did not wash it out - the wound seemed to heal well, although she will likely always have the wound..."
John P. Pryor, MD, FACS
"Had a casualty in a controlled environment with deep femoral bleed. A tourniquet was initially placed on the wound. The wound was wiped out with Kerlix, and Celox was poured into the wound. The tourniquet was removed, while direct pressure was applied to the wound. After 6 minutes, pressure was removed and everything was good."
Jason R., US Army
"Recently, I was on a hiking trip in Oregon when a member of our party was injured when he fell off a steep ravine, catching his leg on some sharp rocks at the bottom. From what I could see, the injury was pretty severe (a compound fracture to the right shin). There were obvious signs of bleeding, and without the product, I think the man in our party may have very well bled to death before he could have been evacuated out to a hospital. The product was fantastic! Acting quickly, our guide applied a dose of powder onto the wound, stopping the bleeding. And with a compression bandage and an ace wrap, the man survived with only a badly broken leg. Simply put, the product is highly recommended & w/ out it, I fear the man in our party might have bled to death without the product. Highly recommended!!!"
"Success stories using CELOX here in Finland: A group of Finnish deer hunters met a shooting accident in the middle of (the) wilderness. One of the hunters got a severe wound by a rifle to his left arm. Many arteries broke down and the bleeding got him into shock.
When the county Volunteer Fire Brigade First Responders and ALS paramedic level ambulance crew arrived to the scene, bleeding did not stop with pressure or with a tourniquet. Their patient, about 5o yrs old hunter was getting worse. The paramedics knew there was a long evacuation time to the nearest hospital and they did not have a chance to get a Medevac by a helicopter. The IV lines and oxygen could help only a little.
It seemed their patient might die (due) to the artery bleeding. The paramedics remembered Celox, that their local EMS director just had recommended to have in the EMS equipment. They got the training for CELOX use just a week ago. The paramedics took the 35 g CELOX pouch out of their EMS bag and decided to have a try. The countryside paramedics were surprised: the severe bleeding stopped in a minute!
The patient's condition was stabilized and he was successfully evacuated by the ALS ambulance to the nearest hospital. The surgeons were amazed. Their first reaction was how to clean the wound area. The paramedics told just to wash it away. Nice and easy, said the surgeons!"
J.L., EMS Ambulance Officer, Finland
"...I had the opportunity to use CELOX on numerous times on some serious wounds and was very impressed. I found it to be the easiest to use and the easiest to train people to use. It also allowed for the correct of improper placement after initial application. When I used the product I used it like it would be used in combat. We applied the CELOX, packed the wound with gauze and wrapped it up with an elastic bandage (or in some cases we did all of this with an Olaes bandage). As soon as it was wrapped, we let it go and moved on to other injuries or engaged the "enemy". It worked very well. We never held direct pressure for than 1-2 minutes..."
Ross, Retired 18-D
"...Some of my medics used CELOX a few weeks ago and were very impressed with its clotting capability. We only had one re-bleed but that was because the medic didn't actually visualize the site and simply poured the packet into the wound cavity. Repositioning the patient so the CELOX came in contact with the wounded artery solved the problem without the need for a second packet..."
Ken B., US Army
' ..The Celox applicator that I used was very easy. I actually primed the end of the barrel a little to make sure that it was not clogged. I inserted it about 2 inches into the wound and inserted all of its contents without any problems in about 1second. The wound was a blast injury with some major distal bleeding. The laceration was about 7 inches in length and full thickness to the bone with major cavitation. One of the distal vessels in the leg was bleeding very badly and when I saw him he had on a tourniquet. The Celox was introduced with a bandage and the tourniquet was removed. There was no further bleeding from the wound. This was my first time using the new applicator and as I expected, it worked amazingly. The tube filled the wound deep and directly where I needed the Celox. Of course the Celox did an amazing job getting the bleeding under control and made the patient more stable, manageable and was a life saving intervention.'
J.S., Navy Seals Medic
"...We have tried the new CELOX and found it to be a really great product..."
Ian T., MD, Canada
"...I have used your product in the real world and it works great, plus the price and performance is twice that of the competitive products. I am trying hard to get my command on board but do not have any left on me to show them. I only had three packages and used them all. I I can get command on board I will be purchasing a large amount on a regular basis. am a senior medic with 1st Special Forces Group out of Okinawa, Japan..."
"...I guess I'll start off by saying I'm bad with names. I guess if it's not written on their uniform I tend to forget. I really enjoyed the presentation of the product, I will say I was skeptical, until I tried it for myself. I really love the product, to the point of most of the medics are putting a fund together, if the army wont buy it for us we will buy it ourselves. I want to thank you for bringing another product to the table that will make my job that much easier..."
M.A., Bravo 4-9 Cav
"...I can tell you right now as for myself, CELOX is without a doubt the most exciting hemostatic dressing I have had the opportunity to work with. It is extremely easy to use, almost foolproof. I believe every soldier, not just every medic should carry CELOX on their kit..."
"...I finally got to try CELOX and was very impressed. Had a casualty in a controlled environment with a deep femoral bleed. A tourniquet was initially placed on the wound. The wound was wiped out with Kerlix and CELOX was poured into the wound. The tourniquet was removed, whilst direct pressure was applied to the wound. After 6 minutes pressure was removed and everything was good..."
"...I was very pleased with this new product CELOX and the way it performed. I was even more amazed at how even with the improper application, one package was capable of treating more than one wound (three to be exact). The CELOX product not only surprised me but gave me hope that this may make it to our troops and since I noticed no heat generation by the CELOX product and the fact that even with improper application it works very well, that if applied correctly with a very serious injury it will perform as expected without the side effects..."
Chris W, Fire Dept. TX
"...Regarding CELOX, we have some results from one of the biggest hospitals in Lithuania; they tried it on a man whose hand was crushed in a car accident and they are very happy with the results as the bleeding was stopped very quickly..."
"...We had an elderly lady with a massive facial tumour who developed bleeding from her tumour at home. Fire departments responded to the scene and were not able to control bleeding. Evaluation by paramedics with the ambulance service not able to stop the bleeding with pressure either. The paramedic then chose to use CELOX and with pressure the bleeding was rapidly controlled and the patient was transported to the emergency room for definitive care. The emergency department was very happy with the care provided to the patient..."
E.O., Professor of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine
"...Had a patient with leukaemia yesterday and head laceration. Older person from a nursing home. Bleeding briskly and large scalp hematoma. Medics milked out hematoma and put CELOX into the wound. Worked like a charm. Her platelet count was low but she still clotted..."
"Great People, Great Product! I've used SAM products as a staple in our tactical emergency medical load-out for years. I've used the SAM splint on various injuries with ease. It wasn't until recently that I've had the opportunity to meet Sam and Cherrie themselves, and was I absolutely impressed! In today's times, with costs high, budgets low, and customer service non-existent, it was a very pleasant surprise to have been greeted the way I was at a recent conference and vendor display. Cherrie probably spent an hour with me teaching me all about the famous "wrinkle" and then introducing some of their other products. She didn't just try to sell, she taught. My job is to keep my people alive, plain and simple. Knowing that there is a company out there like SAM Medical surely reestablishes my confidence in the heart and soul of this industry. We are customers for life." Trooper Adam Galton- NREMT-P, TEMS Coordinator, SWAT Operator, Police Diver, Virginia State Police
"Even those outside the medical community, when faced with stabilizing an injury to an extremity, can use a SAM® SPLINT effectively. They require little training to use, they are simple to apply and most importantly they are effective. I always carry one in my emergency equipment. It is my method of choice for those infrequent situations when the need to stabilize a fracture is required."
Peter Kummerfeldt, Renowned Wilderness Survival Expert/Trainer OutdoorSafe.com
"For 20 years I have advised medical personnel on what medical gear to take on expeditions. These folks often ask me what I include in my kit, no matter where I'm traveling, no matter how short the trip . . . The answer: a few important medications, some tape and always a SAM® SPLINT. No other device allows for so many variations for treating an unimaginable variety of orthopedic emergencies."
Howard J. Donner, MD, Medical Operations Coordinator, NASA
"The SAM® SPLINT is a versatile tool that should be a part of every certified athletic trainer's field kit."
Ron Porterfield, Athletic Trainer, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
"This splint is pure genius...light and compact, yet strong and resilient. I keep one in my pack on every hike up to and back from Everest Base Camp. I won't leave home without it!"
Luanne Freer, MD, FACEP President, Wilderness Medical Society; Medical Director, Yellowstone National Park Director, Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic
"The woman appeared in pain and was holding her right wrist...The wrist was grossly deformed with significant edema but no ecchymosis or breaks in the skin...I then pulled out my first aid bag and went directly to the Soft Shell Splint for the wrist...I gently molded the splint to the woman's wrist using the extra firm end distally and secured it with sports tape. We rechecked her pulses and sensation following placement of the splint and they remained intact. I would like to say that having the right equipment and good training makes all the difference."
ENS Elliot R., USN, MC