A revolutionary, portable syringe which can seal gunshot wounds within 15 seconds has been developed by researchers. As reported by Reuters the portable syringe which can seal gunshot wounds in a jiffy was developed by the Oregon-based RevMedx. The syringe has been developed by the scientists and is named XStat. The XStat injected specially coated sponges into the gunshot wounds and effectively seals the puncture and stops bleeding.
The device could become a regular feature in the battlefields and could save the life of the soldiers by stopping the bleeding as well as saving the soldier from excruciating pain which is associated with the convention plugging methods using gauze.
John Steinbaugh, former US Army Special Operations medic felt, “That is what we pictured as the perfect solution: something you could spray in, it would expand, and bleeding stops,”
The team made use of sponges which had been cut into 1 CM circles and injected it into the animal injury. The procedure stopped the bleeding and the team understood that they had a major discovery in their hand.
“The bleeding stopped. Our eyes lit up. We knew we were onto something,” said Steinbaugh.
The sponge was specially prepared from wood pulp and further coated with a blood clotting antimicrobial substance called Chitosan which was prepared from shrimp shells. The researchers further incorporated X-shaped which made each sponge visible on an x-ray image. This ensured that no sponge is left behind in the patient’s body accidentally.
The sponges could fill the entire wound caused by the gunshots in just 15 seconds and create just enough pressure to stop the bleeding. The property of the sponges to cling to moist surfaces ensures that aren’t pushed back out of the body by gushing blood.
“By the time you even put a bandage over the wound, the bleeding has already stopped,” Steinbaugh said.