When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity to stop bleeding from an artery — an agonizing process that doesn’t always work. Many soldiers still bleed to death.
Now, RevMedx, a small group of veterans, scientists, and engineers, has come up with a better way to stop the hemorrhaging.
The Oregon company 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.
“By the time you put a bandage over the wound, the bleeding has already stopped,” according to RevMedx which is creating award-winning medical products designed specifically for combat medics and civilian first responders.
(READ the story in PopSci.com)