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Wound-plugging XStat syringe saves its first life on the battlefield

Wound-plugging XStat syringe saves its first life on the battlefield: Device uses SPONGES to stop bleeding in 15 seconds

A life-saving device that can stop bleeding within 15 seconds has been used on a soldier in the field for the first time. The device, called XStat Rapid Homeostasis System, was used to staunch severe bleeding following a gunshot wound to the thigh. The syringe, which was first approved for battlefield use in 2014, works by filling the wound with small, tablet-like sponges that can expand.

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The device, called XStat Rapid Homeostasis System, was developed by RevMedx. Sponges are injected into the wound to stop the bleeding, and can later be removed safely once the victim has arrived at the hospital 

The cellulose sponges are coated with a homeostatic agent and grow rapidly to fill the hole. These sponge tablets absorb blood pumping into the area, and plugging the cavity to allow clotting to begin. This gives the emergency responders up to four hours of use, a significant amount of time to transport the victim to a hospital. Each sponge is 9.8 millimetres wide, and four to five millimetres tall, with capabilities of absorbing 3 millilitres of blood or bodily fluid.

HOW THE XSTAT WORKS 

The XStat looks like a large syringe and is filled with small, tablet-like sponges that can expand once inside a wound.

The cellulose sponges are coated with a homeostatic agent, and grow rapidly to fill the hole in less than 15 seconds.

Each sponge is 9.8 millimetres wide, and four to five millimetres tall, with capabilities of absorbing 3 millilitres of blood or bodily fluid.

With 92 sponges packed into each applicator, the XStat has the potential to absorb roughly 300 millilitres of fluid for one victim.

The sponges are approved for up to four hours of use, leaving plenty of time for the victim to be transported to a hospital.

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Fuente: dailymail.co.uk

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