Skip to comments.Injectable Foam Could Curb Blood Loss on the Battlefield
Posted on 07/20/2014 10:02:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai
A promising medical breakthrough could raise the chance of survival for our military men and women in combat.
In combat, 90 percent of deaths occur due to blood loss because service members dont reach a medical facility in time. Twenty percent of deaths are due to a junctional wound.
Scientists at Johns Hopkins University invented injectable foam for their group project. The foam would be inserted into the wound, where it would expand and harden to stop bleeding.
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Gee....I thought they already had something like this...works like superglue.
One of the fortunate outcomes of the unfortunate casualties of this 13 years of war has been some significant advances in battlefield care. Tourniquet use, junctional wounds, and tension pneumothorax used to mean losing a limb, bleeding out, and having the heart stopped by pressure in the chest cavity. All of those are now survivable.
They aren’t talking about plugging a small hole. They are talking about plugging gaping wounds too close to the main joint to effectively use a tourniquet. Like an armpit, or a groin injury.
That sounds crazy
Who are they testing this on?
That’s what I use to seal air leaks around the house. In a pinch, you might be able to plug a hole in your canoe with it.
Sci fi from the Halo game universe coming to a trauma near you. Hmm. How difficult is it for trauma surgeons to remove?
My question, too. Seems like it would be trying to work around a life-threatening wound, only now with a foreign object in it.
I would think the surgical strategy would involve gaining control of blood flow to the involved vessels at a location remote from the wound and then addressing the vascular damage at the wound site. (It could still be danged difficult to remove, but the problem of bleeding out would be controlled.)
I think the bottom line is to buy time to get where better care can be obtained.
I am assuming when they run into an injury treated like this or the old school way is that they have to go upstream and stop the flow, then clean all of this out, then do a massive repair. There is going to be a lot of extra cutting. One thing about hemostatic bandages is that they always tell you to pin or tape the package to the victim in a very conspicuous place so the medical professionals know what type it is and how to clean it out.
They always start with pigs.
Doesn’t Celox do this already? Available in many forms and strengths.
I was thinking, “Fix-a-Flat”.
If small wounds or cuts can be closed with the medical ‘super glue’ why can’t they use a similar technique to fix a small 12 mm shallow Rotator Cuff tear? Why wait until it gets much larger and needs more invasive surgery and Rehab? Micro surgery and a few self dissolving stitches should work in theory.
[ Sci fi from the Halo game universe coming to a trauma near you. Hmm. How difficult is it for trauma surgeons to remove? ]
That or what “Cochise” from Falling Skies has naturally built into him....
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