An injectable device that looks like a syringe is able to fill a gunshot wound with tiny sponges to stop bleeding in less than a minute. The tool, known as XStat 30 could revolutionize the way gun victims and wounded soldiers are treated.
The XStat 30 just received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for civilian use and could soon be deployed to hospitals and first responders.
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It was designed by a Portland, Oregon-based startup called RevMedX, which designs medical products for the military and first responders. Military personnel received a shipment of the device this past April.
Developed to treat bullet and shrapnel injuries, the tool is best for stopping bleeding around the groin, armpits and other areas difficult to treat with traditional bandages. Once injected, the tiny sponges create a temporary barrier to blood flow and provide hemostatic pressure, according to RevMedX.
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The FDA explained in a recent press release: "Early control of severe bleeding may prevent shock and may be life-saving. According to the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, 30 to 40 percent of civilian deaths by traumatic injury are the result of hemorrhaging. Of those deaths, 33 to 56 percent occur before the patient reaches a hospital."
"It is exciting to see this technology transition to help civilian first responders control some severe, life-threatening bleeding while on the trauma scene," William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., acting director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in the press release.
via the FDA and RevMedX