Gelatin Hemostatic


Gelatin Hemostatic, Topical Gelatin Hemostatic Agent, Gelfoam, Surgifoam

  • Indications
  1. Small vessel bleeding typically from bone
  • Mechanism
  1. Topical Hemostatic Agent
  2. Gelatin based network traps Platelets and Clotting Factors, facilitating clotting
  3. Gelatin is absorbant, swelling and compressing small bleeding sites
  • Technique
  1. Various forms may be applied to bleeding sites including plugging bleeding open wounds
  • Adverse Effects
  1. Risk of local infection at application site
  • References
  1. Berry in Schrage (2013) Topical Hemostatic Agents, Medscape Emedicine
  2. Peralta in Sanfrey (2013) Overview of Topical Hemostatic Agents and tissues adhesives used in the operating room, UpToDate, Wolters-Kluwer
  3. Achneck (2010) Ann Surg 251(2):217-28 [PubMed]