What is a Hemostatic?
Hemostasis is a physiological mechanism that allows the cessation of bleeding from a ruptured blood vessel. It is an interlinked cascade that results in the formation of a ‘plug’ that seals the damaged site and controls blood loss. It is divided into 4 stages for a better understanding of the process:
- Blood vessel constriction
- Platelet plug formation (temporary)
- Coagulation cascade activation
- Fibrin plug formation to seal the vessel
This process not just closes the wound, but also stops the bleeding and initiates the tissue regeneration mechanism. Once the tissue starts to restore to its former integrity, the fibrin plug begins to dissolve, giving the injured site a makeover.
What are the Benefits of Hemostasis?
Hemostasis helps seal the wound and prevent blood loss from the site of injury.