What is the KytoStat Bandage made from?
The KytoStat Bandage has a unique pad that is fabricated from chitosan, a naturally occurring material derived from shrimp shells. Once in bandage form, it is joined with a latex free adhesive backing and is then sterilized.
Is there a problem using HemCon products on people with shrimp or shellfish allergies?
There have been no known allergic reactions as a result of using the HemCon Bandage since distribution began in 2003 and there have been no adverse effects reported in over 1,000,000 bandages shipped.
HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc. has results from a shellfish allergy study conducted by its chitosan supplier which demonstrates that, out of 221 individuals with suspected hypersensitivity, including 8 individuals with known shellfish allergies, none demonstrated any dermal sensitivity when pricked with a chitosan test solution. However, since chitosan is extracted from the shells of shrimp and other shellfish, individuals with known shellfish allergies should exercise caution in the use of products containing chitosan.
Biomedical Textiles Article
Biomedical textiles from dibutyrylchitin and chitin
"On the European market there is a lack of innovative biomaterials that aid in regeneration of wound tissue. The project:
aims the design and development: of optimal textile forms for medical applications made from dibutyrylchitin (DBC) and
chitin, from fishery byproducts. Recently a method for the synthesis of dibutyrylchitin is developed. DBC is
easily soluble in common recyclable solvents and has film/fibre forming properties. Chitin can be regenerated (RC).
The products are assumed to have wound healing properties. This opens the way for the development of novel functional
biomaterials made from DBC and RC. Technologies for the production of fibres, yarns, non-wovens and knittings will be
developed. The textiles will be designed to requirements and characterised on mechanical, physico-chemical and
biochemical-medical (in vitro, in vivo) properties. Initiations for approval of medical products will be made.
Bone Tissue Engineering
Chitosan Composites for Bone Tissue Engineering—An Overview
Chitosan (CTS) and hydroxyapatite (HAp) are among the best bioactive biomaterials in bone tissue engineering and renowned for their excellent biocompatibility with the human body environment
Shrimp and Seaweed could Help Diabetics Heal Ulcers
Gabriela Gurau, the CEO of 525 Solutions, Inc., states that the bandage can help reduce the amount of amputations that diabetics suffer as a result of severe ulcers.
The bandage contains seaweed and shrimp, which, together, help fight infection and remove liquid from ulcer wounds. The seaweed acts as a sponge, and the shrimp shells contain chitin,
which has antibacterial properties.
Diabetes Bandage (article)
University of Alabama team turning shrimp shells into high-tech bandages (article)
Gurau has teamed up with University of Alabama chemistry professor Robin Rogers, chemistry graduate student Leah Block and Whitney
Hough to transform shrimp shells into an effective bandage for diabetes patients who develop limb-threatening sores.
Bullet Wound Product By XStat (article)
Bullet wound? Inject shrimp-coated sponges to stop bleeding (article)
Deceptively simple, each one is made of wood fibers, coated with a coagulant derived from shrimp, and then compressed to a quarter
of their original size. Once inside the body, a combination of pressure caused by their expansion and coagulant applied throughout
the wound combine to staunch the blood flow.
Bullet Wound Product By XStat (article)
Tiny Injected Sponges Stop Bleeding From Gunshot Wounds in 15 Seconds
Using a pre-packed syringe, the first responder injects a bunch of pill-shaped sponges into the wound, where they expand and fit more tightly together than wadded gauze. The sponges are also coated in chitosan,
a compound made from shrimp shells used to encourage clotting. All told, XStat usually stops bleeding within 15 seconds, the company says.
Omega Three Oil
Quinlan Brothers looking at Extracting Omega 3 Oil From Shrimp Waste (article)
The economic viability to extract omega 3-enriched oil from shrimp waste will be determined by Canadian processor Quinlan Brothers, reports The Pilot.
Chitosan Gel Technology Reduces Sinus Surgery Complications
The NovaShield Injectable Nasal Packing and Stent is made from chitosan, a polysaccharide derived from the shells of crustaceans, and is available in the form of an injectable, ready-to-use gel that is placed in the sinus or nasal cavities following FESS via an accordion cannula and flexible tip.
Nasel Packing Equipment
Bioresorbable and Biofragmentable Nasal Packing
Chitosan-Based Nasal Packing
NovaShield™ nasal packing is made from chitosan, a polymer chemical produced from chitin, a component of the hard external shell of shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, and shrimp). Chitosan's hemostatic properties have been extensively studied.
Shrimp to be Used to battle Hay Fever (article)
The treatment comes in the form of a nasal spray and changes the way the immune system responds to allergic triggers.
Shrimp shells contain a carbohydrate called chitin...which has been manufactured into in a nasal spray.
Adhesives That Replace Stitches
'Glue Produced by Shellfish May Replace Surgical Stitches (article)
Using the natural glue that marine mussels use to stick to rocks, and a slightly modified inkjet printer, a team of
researchers from North Carolina State University in the US has devised a new way of making medical adhesives that could replace
traditional sutures and result in faster healing, less scarring and increased precision for exacting operations such as
Thanks "C" for the above link
Flakes of Crab and Shrimp Shells Provide a New and Effective Way of Clotting Arterial Bleeds (article)
Celox is easy to use — you just pour it on an open wound and apply pressure — and both safer and faster-acting than similar products. The best bit, though, is that the active ingredient, chitosan, is extracted from the shells of crabs and shrimp.
Bleeding Products by Celox
The chitosan in Celox is a specific high quality grade selected for medical use from a shellfish source and the product has
been through extensive safety testing to FDA requirements and the most stringent class of European Medical Device regulations.
As part of this work the chitosan has been tested on human subjects with confirmed fish or shrimp hypersensitivity and none of
the subjects showed any skin reaction to the chitosan
Hem Com Bandages
FAQ page: "From what is the HemCon Bandage comprised?
The HemCon Bandage is fabricated from chitosan, a naturally occurring, biocompatible polysaccharide derived from
shrimp shells. The shrimp shells are processed and chemically treated. Once in bandage form, they are sterilized.
Is there a problem using this product on people with shrimp or shellfish allergies?
There have been no known allergic reactions as a result of using the HemCon Bandage since distribution began in 2003 and
there have been no adverse effects reported in over 700,000 bandages shipped.
HemCon, Inc. has results from a shellfish allergy study conducted by its chitosan supplier which demonstrates that, out
of 221 individuals with suspected hypersensitivity, including 8 individuals with known shellfish allergies, none
demonstrated any dermal sensitivity when pricked with a chitosan test solution. However, since chitosan is extracted
from the shells of shrimp and other shellfish, individuals with known shellfish allergies should exercise caution in
the use of products containing chitosan.