Skip to comments.How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds
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. Its 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. Its so painful, you take the guys 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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Seriously, anything that helps bring our kids home alive is great!
Little different than a tampon.
MaMa told me when I was young. Help for the non-sunny day. Medical Marvels. Take your time. Don’t Live Too Fast.
Baby, Mama said, Be Simple and Tell The Truth!!!
Not surprising since it is a battlefield.
Hey there nsa and congress .... two come a creeping.
Since they make it using shrimp I wonder if it will adversely effect those who have shrimp allergies.
Fascinating. Amazing, actually. Pray this works as described.
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.
Probably not- allergic reactions are triggered by proteins, and I don’t thing the substance they use is a protein.
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
Hope they come on sale STAT.
I’ll buy three for my first aid kits.
I'm guessing cancer, congestive heart disease, Alzheimer's, falling asleep while operating heavy machinery, ... are not in the list.
I believe the reaction to the iodine is localized and doesn’t cause anaphalactic shock.
If yer bleeding profusely though.... Roll the dice...
Amazing! I pray it works as intended. Anything to help our guys come home alive is a Godsend!
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.
Kudos!!! Keep on Rollin’ Down The Road!!! We ain’t hiddin’ from nobody!!!
This is pretty cool...
Green Light ...
Hey, thanks for posting! This is a remarkable device. Will probably soon show up in ambulances everywhere.
That's a colorful way to describe the pain. Reminds me of a scene from Braveheart...
Explains the shot card.
Thanking all vets for putting their lives on the line for the country, I’d rather see robot technology being developed for battlefield.
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.
But then the flu epidemic right after the war killed more than WWI itself.
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.
Ping to a much-needed invention.
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.
Something to include in any first aid kit. Plus maxipads which are sterile for large abrasions. Clumping kitty litter is also a good item.
The leading theories on the flu's origins still have it war or military related.
Whoa. I like where they lucked onto the ideal size. Very impressive. BTT
Put under tire in snow to get out...I saw it on TV.
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.
Impressive prepper idea.
“Its so painful, you take the guys 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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think I will plunk down the extra money for hemostatic gauze.
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.
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.
Chicagostan EMS needs to order 50 cases. STAT
Isn’t that the way Armalite lost the production of the M16 to Colt?
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.
Old cowboy method: Put a stick between your teeth and slap hot iron on the wound!
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