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How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds
Popular Science ^ | February 3, 2014 | Rose Pastore

Posted on 02/05/2014 2:39:07 PM PST by Altariel

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, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into the body, to stop bleeding from an artery. It’s an agonizing process that doesn't always work--if bleeding hasn't stopped after three minutes of applying direct pressure, the medic must pull out all the gauze and start over again. It’s so painful, “you take the guy’s gun away first,” says former U.S. Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh.

Even with this emergency treatment, many soldiers still bleed to death; hemorrhage is a leading cause of death on the battlefield. "Gauze bandages just don't work for anything serious," says Steinbaugh, who tended to injured soldiers during more than a dozen deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. When Steinbaugh retired in April 2012 after a head injury, he joined an Oregon-based startup called RevMedx, a small group of veterans, scientists, and engineers who were working on a better way to stop bleeding.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: banglist; gunshot; gunshotwounds; hemorrhage; invention; revmedx; seals; seconds; simple; sponge; wound; xstat
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1 posted on 02/05/2014 2:39:07 PM PST by Altariel
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To: Altariel

Seriously, anything that helps bring our kids home alive is great!

2 posted on 02/05/2014 2:43:00 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Altariel

Little different than a tampon.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 2:43:02 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Altariel

MaMa told me when I was young. Help for the non-sunny day. Medical Marvels. Take your time. Don’t Live Too Fast.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 2:43:10 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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Baby, Mama said, Be Simple and Tell The Truth!!!


5 posted on 02/05/2014 2:45:50 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Altariel
hemorrhage is a leading cause of death

Not surprising since it is a battlefield.

6 posted on 02/05/2014 2:48:38 PM PST by xone
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Hey there nsa and congress .... two come a creeping.


7 posted on 02/05/2014 2:48:46 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Altariel

Since they make it using shrimp I wonder if it will adversely effect those who have shrimp allergies.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 2:49:23 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: Altariel

Fascinating. Amazing, actually. Pray this works as described.


9 posted on 02/05/2014 2:49:30 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks Jim!!!


10 posted on 02/05/2014 2:49:40 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Altariel

A few years ago my wife and I would take chitosan if we were going out and expected to have a greasy dinner. It caused the dinner to go right on its way with few problems.


11 posted on 02/05/2014 2:49:51 PM PST by Portcall24
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To: Slyfox

Probably not- allergic reactions are triggered by proteins, and I don’t thing the substance they use is a protein.


12 posted on 02/05/2014 2:51:10 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Altariel
To ensure that no sponges would be left inside the body accidentally, they added X-shaped markers that make each sponge visible on an x-ray image.

That's important. My Uncle was wounded in Vietnam. Fairly serious, but what nearly killed him was a sponge left in the wound for nearly 3 weeks after he was sewn-up by the Army surgeons

13 posted on 02/05/2014 2:53:34 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Altariel

Awesome.

Hope they come on sale STAT.

I’ll buy three for my first aid kits.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 2:54:57 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: xone
Other "leading" causes: brain trauma, evisceration, ...

I'm guessing cancer, congestive heart disease, Alzheimer's, falling asleep while operating heavy machinery, ... are not in the list.

15 posted on 02/05/2014 2:56:49 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Slyfox

I believe the reaction to the iodine is localized and doesn’t cause anaphalactic shock.

If yer bleeding profusely though.... Roll the dice...


16 posted on 02/05/2014 2:57:17 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Altariel

Amazing! I pray it works as intended. Anything to help our guys come home alive is a Godsend!


17 posted on 02/05/2014 2:57:45 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: xone

At one time I believe disease was the leading cause of death in war. In the Spanish American war more died from disease then wounds suffered in battle.


18 posted on 02/05/2014 2:59:59 PM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: Altariel

Kudos!!! Keep on Rollin’ Down The Road!!! We ain’t hiddin’ from nobody!!!


19 posted on 02/05/2014 3:02:53 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Altariel

This is pretty cool...


20 posted on 02/05/2014 3:03:26 PM PST by DouglasKC
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Green Light ...


21 posted on 02/05/2014 3:03:54 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Altariel

Hey, thanks for posting! This is a remarkable device. Will probably soon show up in ambulances everywhere.


22 posted on 02/05/2014 3:06:06 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Altariel
It’s so painful, “you take the guy’s gun away first,” says former U.S. Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh.

That's a colorful way to describe the pain. Reminds me of a scene from Braveheart...

That'll wake ye up in the mornin,' boy!

23 posted on 02/05/2014 3:06:32 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: CIB-173RDABN
This is 100 percent why the public thinks Republicans and Conservatives are nasty.

Explains the shot card.

24 posted on 02/05/2014 3:06:54 PM PST by xone
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To: Altariel; All

Thanking all vets for putting their lives on the line for the country, I’d rather see robot technology being developed for battlefield.


25 posted on 02/05/2014 3:08:10 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: CIB-173RDABN

Yep, you are correct. I believe World War I was the first war (for Americans, anyway) where disease wasn’t the #1 killer of soldiers. Advances in medicine, nutrition and food preservation (bad tinned meats sickened a lot of guys in the Spanish-American War), and so on.


26 posted on 02/05/2014 3:09:23 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: DemforBush

But then the flu epidemic right after the war killed more than WWI itself.


27 posted on 02/05/2014 3:16:25 PM PST by Argus
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To: Altariel
Sounds like a damn wonderful idea. I hope to God it works and saves some lives.
However RevMedx is new and small. if this invention is as good as advertised, I figure one or more CongressCritters
will find a way to move all the profits to one of their major donors with the politico collecting huge “finder's fees. The veterans, scientists, and engineers that invented and sweated out the FDA approval will be out in the cold. That seems to be how things work in America today.
It is not what you know or even who you know, but whose palm is greased.
28 posted on 02/05/2014 3:30:10 PM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: CIB-173RDABN

The US Civil War is a good example. There were about 600,000 fatalities on both sides. Only about 175,000 were caused by battle injuries, like being shot. All the others were caused by disease. It was far worse in earlier wars.


29 posted on 02/05/2014 3:33:51 PM PST by libstripper (Asv)
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To: Interesting Times; GreyFriar; SeraphimApprentice

Ping to a much-needed invention.


30 posted on 02/05/2014 3:34:46 PM PST by zot
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To: Altariel

No doubt that the Obama Regime will find a “very good reason” to NOT go forward with deployment of this life saving idea. In fact, they will likely reduce funding for the purchase of gauze.

After all, almost anything is to just too good for our troops.


31 posted on 02/05/2014 3:37:26 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: null and void

Something to include in any first aid kit. Plus maxipads which are sterile for large abrasions. Clumping kitty litter is also a good item.


32 posted on 02/05/2014 3:41:03 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: Argus
But then the flu epidemic right after the war killed more than WWI itself.

The leading theories on the flu's origins still have it war or military related.

33 posted on 02/05/2014 3:47:31 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SkyDancer
Something to include in any first aid kit. Plus maxipads which are sterile for large abrasions. Clumping kitty litter is also a good item. .

What is the clumping kitty litter for?
34 posted on 02/05/2014 3:49:14 PM PST by philled (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Altariel

Whoa. I like where they lucked onto the ideal size. Very impressive. BTT


35 posted on 02/05/2014 3:50:17 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: philled

Put under tire in snow to get out...I saw it on TV.


36 posted on 02/05/2014 3:54:15 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: philled

Deep wounds. It’s a backup. Stops the bleeding in larger areas. It’ll all be flushed out when you get to hospital and cleansed. The pads are good for large surface areas and the tampons good for deep penetrating wounds but it’s has to be replaced as they fill. The clumping litter solidifies. I have it packed in ziplock bags.


37 posted on 02/05/2014 3:56:38 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: Kartographer

Impressive prepper idea.


38 posted on 02/05/2014 3:58:46 PM PST by verga (Poor spiritual health often leads to poor physical and mental health)
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To: Altariel

“It’s so painful, “you take the guy’s gun away first,”

There was one way this pain was avoided in some places..
Apply what we called a ranger tourniquet...it went around the neck a certain way kinda like a brief sleeper hold with the same effect..
Set bones, plug holes, put shoulders back in with no pain.
Of course that what I heard somewhere..


39 posted on 02/05/2014 4:01:40 PM PST by riverss
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To: Kartographer

The product is XStat - finally a way to stop arterial bleeding better than the specialized pressure bandage and hard gauze.

It will be $100 when it first comes out but that price will drop as more is produced. Get as many as you can afford. One per family member at least.


40 posted on 02/05/2014 4:14:12 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Altariel

Wow!

As horrible as war is, there have been so many medical advances that have resulted from the study of the treatment needs of the injured.


41 posted on 02/05/2014 4:42:56 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: CIB-173RDABN

I remember my microbiology professor’s comments regarding the high number of deaths in the Civil War that had resulted from bacterial infection on the battlefield.


42 posted on 02/05/2014 4:46:02 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Argus

My late mother, who was born in 1912, told me of her remembrances of the flu epidemic. Schools were closed all over Philadelphia, and she had to wait an extra year to begin first grade.


43 posted on 02/05/2014 4:51:07 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: SkyDancer

I think I will plunk down the extra money for hemostatic gauze.


44 posted on 02/05/2014 4:53:44 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

Stuff is really expensive $99 and up for 20 sheets 2”square. And if you’re being a good Samaritan at an accident, don’t expect to be reimbursed.


45 posted on 02/05/2014 5:00:36 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: SkyDancer
Only costs twice as much to go first class. I wonder which is easier to clean out at the hospital? I honestly wouldn't be able to guess. Some of the hemostatics sound pretty ugly with the chemical reactions.

One of the state Army Guard units is packed with SF qualified medics and they do road shows for first responders. Their attitude towards massive limb bleeding was tourniquet at upper part if the limb regardless of wound location. Pack major bleeds at the hips, groin, shoulders and armpit with hemostatic gauze, then pack and wrap the wound. Seal lung wounds and watch for indications of tension pneumothorax, needle decompression if required.

Pretty awesome class taught by guys that had treated actual wounded soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq.

46 posted on 02/05/2014 5:21:38 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Altariel

Chicagostan EMS needs to order 50 cases. STAT


47 posted on 02/05/2014 5:40:00 PM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: Tupelo

Isn’t that the way Armalite lost the production of the M16 to Colt?


48 posted on 02/05/2014 5:43:32 PM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: USNBandit

Thanks. I have a pretty intensive first aid kit in my car mainly for me. I carry a similar one when I hike. I remember reading where this good Samaritan helped an injured person and when the guy asked to be reimbursed for the supplies he used the person got incensed and asked how dare he want compensation for the materials he used. No good deed goes unpunished.


49 posted on 02/05/2014 6:27:54 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: Altariel

Old cowboy method: Put a stick between your teeth and slap hot iron on the wound!


50 posted on 02/05/2014 6:33:45 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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