How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

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    Feb 05, 2014 4:21 PM GMT
    http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/how-simple-new-invention-seals-gunshot-wound-15-seconds?src=SOC&dom=tw

    RevMedx recently asked the FDA to approve a pocket-size invention: a modified syringe that injects specially coated sponges into wounds. Called XStat, the device could boost survival and spare injured soldiers from additional pain by plugging wounds faster and more efficiently than gauze.

    The team’s early efforts were inspired by Fix-a-Flat foam for repairing tires. “That’s what we pictured as the perfect solution: something you could spray in, it would expand, and bleeding stops,” says Steinbaugh. “But we found that blood pressure is so high, blood would wash the foam right out.”

    So the team tried a new idea: sponges. They bought some ordinary sponges from a hardware store and cut them into 1-centimeter circles, a size and shape they chose on a whim but later would discover were ideal for filling wounds. Then, they injected the bits of sponge into an animal injury. “The bleeding stopped,” says Steinbaugh. “Our eyes lit up. We knew we were onto something.” After seeing early prototypes, the U.S. Army gave the team $5 million to develop a finished product.
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:47 PM GMT
    need to put this invention in vending machines in N American malls & high schools
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    Feb 05, 2014 6:52 PM GMT
    Interesting, though I hope to never have a need for such a thing.
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    Feb 05, 2014 10:17 PM GMT
    I'll be going FMF corpsman with the Navy working with the USMC on the field... hopefully by the time I get to that training in very late 2014/early 2015... we might see this in action?
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    Feb 05, 2014 10:23 PM GMT
    richkak saidI'll be going FMF corpsman with the Navy working with the USMC on the field... hopefully by the time I get to that training in very late 2014/early 2015... we might see this in action?

    ^ Yes!
  • KZNindian

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    Feb 06, 2014 8:51 AM GMT
    Seems like it's designed to stop blood from spilling everywhere, what about the bleeding that's still internal from the wound site
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    Feb 06, 2014 6:24 PM GMT
    In Ireland we just used womens tampoons(inserts) sterile and safe...nothing new in this but it is the first time ive seen the general idea being given the professional medical treatment it deserves.
    Urine makes a good sterile cleaner for surface and semi surface wounds in an emergency.
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    Feb 06, 2014 6:46 PM GMT
    Too bad no one in Ireland that to patent the idea in the US and garner $5m. I mean really, its not a stretch to think the market for gun shot wound health care is enormous there!

    Hmmm. I need to ruminate on a few ideas myself, now.