This seemingly simple invention will have an incredible impact on wounded soldiers

I live in a country where it’s very unlikely I’ll ever meet someone who owns a gun and I am glad of that fact. This means that I’ll most likely never be shot, and I’m glad of that fact too. Of course, if I wanted to be shot I could move to Albuquerque and live with Dave Walsh. Alternatively I could join the armed forces. I’m not sure which one would result in a higher likelihood of being shot, but I know that I’d be extremely happy if the attending paramedic had an XStat in their bag.

In combat at least, the standard procedure by the medic will be to pack the wound with gauze which could be as deep as five inches inside the body of the wounded soldier. A wound that deep could likely hold a Nexus S. The procedure is so sore that the medics remove the gun of the wounded soldier, just in case, according to former U.S. Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh. He has been working with startup RevMedX in order to develop a syringe which is used to inject specially designed micro sponges directly into the wound in order to soak up the blood.

Having been tested on animal wounds, the bleeding stops in around fifteen minutes which is a massive difference when you consider that hemorrhage is one of the leading causes of death on the battlefield. Well, that and being shot or blown up. On that note, having received $5 million in funding from the U.S. Army the team are also working on a larger version in order to treat landmine victims. Oh, and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation have also invested seed funding for the team to create a version to control postnatal bleeding. I’ll also never suffer from postnatal bleeding but I’m nonetheless impressed that the idea of injecting sponges has come to fruition and will help such a wide range of people. [Source]

Published on February 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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