American medical devices company RevMedx has come up with a new device which they claim will be able to stop bleeding from gunshot wounds in just 15 seconds.
The device, known as XStat, is based on a model inspired by design of emergency tire repair kits and is a modified syringe through which tablet-sized sponges are injected directly on to the wound. These sponges, made up of wood pulp and coated with a blood-clotting, antimicrobial substance called chitosan, then expand to fill up the wound cavity and are also able to adhere to moist surfaces and manage to exert enough pressure through which they can prevent the bleeding.
RevMedx initially tested the device on animal injuries and later on refined the sponges, which are also marked with a special X that shows up in X-Rays in order to ensure that none of them are left behind in the body. The device is expected to cost around $100 and is made up of lightweight polycarbonate.
US Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh, who has since joined RevMedx, said that the device would have helped a number of gunshot victims in the battlefield. "I spent the whole war on terror in the Middle East, so I know what a medic needs when someone has been shot. I've treated lots of guys who would have benefitted from this product. That's what drives me", he said.