This "Sponge Syringe" Can Seal a Gunshot Wound in 15 Seconds

This "Sponge Syringe" Can Seal a Gunshot Wound in 15 Seconds

The new medical invention was inspired by "Fix-a-Flat" foam for repairing tires, and could save countless lives on the battlefield.

One of the harshest realities of war is that you're more likely to die bleeding out from a simple flesh wound than pretty much anything else. Treating gunshot wounds on a battlefield is an agonizing process, in which the medic has to pack gauze deep into the wound, and start over if the bleeding doesn't stop. However, Oregon-based startup "RevMedx" has devised an ingenious new way to quickly, and (relatively) painlessly seal up bullet holes in the field, using a syringe of tiny sponges to seal up gunshot wounds much the same way "Fix-a-Flat" foam repairs tires.

Called the "XStat", the device could boost survival and spare injured soldiers from additional pain by plugging wounds faster and more efficiently than gauze. The XStat team initially experimented with foam, like in the tires, but found that blood pressure was too high, and would push the foam out. So, they turned their attention to sponges, and discovered it was the perfect material.

Sponges work fast. In just 15 seconds, they expand to fill the entire wound cavity, creating enough pressure to stop heavy bleeding. And because sponges cling to moist surfaces, they aren't pushed back out of the body by gushing blood.

But actually getting the sponges into the wound in the first place proved to be the bigger obstacle. Eventually the team designed a 30 millimeter-diameter, poly-carbonate syringe that stores with the handle inside to save space. To use the applicator, a medic pulls out the handle, inserts the cylinder into the wound, and then pushes the plunger back down to inject the sponges as close to the artery as possible.

Furthermore, to ensure that no sponges are left inside the body accidentally, they added X-shaped markers that make each sponge visible on an x-ray image.

According to RevMedx, the company and the military are now in final discussions with the FDA.

Source: Popular Science

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I believe I find this gif appropriate to the thread...

That's some impressive wound sealing O_O Can I order some? Because that could be DAMN useful! XD

Also + 1 awesome for awesome name, how much more badass can you get? XD

Woohoo for science!

I hope there's a painkiller laced in those sponges, because that is a big-ass syringe. I'm pretty sure that's bigger than most wounds...

But yeah, sounds like a great way to triage while you're waiting for a medevac.

Congratulations! You have reinvented the Tampon!

Both are pushed into holes to stop bleeding.

I'm reminded of that foam wound sealer stuff from Halo ODST.

WE ARE IN THE FUTURE!

That image looks like a rectal applicator, so...

I can see these being useful outside of the military, like at schools, movie theaters, airports, pretty much everywhere guns are being used by people to put unwanted holes into other people.

That's awesome. I wonder if it could effectively plug stab-wounds.

Also, I'm still waiting for the invention of the Stimpack.

Icehearted:
That image looks like a rectal applicator, so...

I can see these being useful outside of the military, like at schools, movie theaters, airports, pretty much everywhere guns are being used by people to put unwanted holes into other people.

So the vast majority of the United States?

Doclector:
I'm reminded of that foam wound sealer stuff from Halo ODST.

WE ARE IN THE FUTURE!

Biofoam was my first thought too, its a useful bit of kit for most wounds as well. These will probably be in a paramedics kit soon, maybe even first aid kits if they are cheap enough.

I guess Call of Duty was right all along and war will become something closer to this

This is pretty cool, and what makes it cooler is it sounds like something from Fallout!

"Clean up your wound with an XStat!"

The Gentleman:
I hope there's a painkiller laced in those sponges, because that is a big-ass syringe. I'm pretty sure that's bigger than most wounds...

Both the traditional gauze-packing and this new sponge-applicator are supposed to be applied to the exit wound, which usually requires something as big as that. Entry wounds are rarely the problem. In my own, limited medic training we were told to pack the gauze in with our hand, which usually has a much wider diameter than 30 millimeters. We were also told that that is the moment where the gunshotee passes out from the pain. The spongifier is infinitely less horrifying than what your fellow soldier has been able to administer until now.

Doom972:
That's awesome. I wonder if it could effectively plug stab-wounds.

Also, I'm still waiting for the invention of the Stimpack.

Stimpack is possible (not instant though)
It would be mixture of painkiller, physiological liquid and something that can safely boost mitosis (or at least amitosis)
Last part is still under research

The Gentleman:
I hope there's a painkiller laced in those sponges, because that is a big-ass syringe. I'm pretty sure that's bigger than most wounds...

But yeah, sounds like a great way to triage while you're waiting for a medevac.

this also worries me. entry wounds of bullets are generally same size or smaller than the caliber of a bullet, and a 3 CM diameter syringe would not fint into most of those. exit wounds would be large enough, however if you need to plug both entry and exit wounds you have thei nternal bleeding problem that would be even harder to handle.
however i think it still could be better than plugging it by hand, and definatelly faster, and lets face it when bullets are flying above you the medic wants to be out in location where his teammate just got a supposedly fatal wound as short a time as possible.

TheSYLOH:
Congratulations! You have reinvented the Tampon!

Both are pushed into holes to stop bleeding.

actually, in a CLS bag or a IFAK, a tampon is nearly a standard for that exact reason.

small, sterile, able to stop bleeding, pretty much exactly what this is supposed to do. One thing the tampon has over this is it's one unit and has a string so you know if it's in or out, doesn't even require a x-ray.

But yea, bleeding out is one of the biggest killers but it isn't by bullet wounds right now.

Try again when you make it cover shrapnel wounds and the like instead, then you might have something that will make soldiers like it instead of it being considered more weight.

Unfortunately, some of your biggest technological advancements occur during wartime.

The more things I read such as this, some of the robotic technology being developed, the prosthetic technology being developed.... Deus Ex: Human Revolution almost seems.... prophetic, in a way, doesnt it? (I am not saying I prescibe to the theories on the Illuminati, and the FEMA camps and such... just bringing it up for discussions sake)

Medic used XStat on Soldier. Soldier's Special Defense rose sharply!

The Gentleman:
I hope there's a painkiller laced in those sponges, because that is a big-ass syringe. I'm pretty sure that's bigger than most wounds...

But yeah, sounds like a great way to triage while you're waiting for a medevac.

I would imagine this to be a none issue after a gunshot. Probably doesn't require going in very far either.

Is this really going to be necessary in a near future military that will rely on Drone warfare. Ambulances & public schools within violent neighborhoods maybe.

This seems really interesting, what would make it even better would be if they found a way to make the sponge dissolve using some sort of non-toxic chemical/liquid/whatever to make it easier to get out. Maybe some sort of alcohol based sponge solvent or whatever could work. Not only does it dissolve the sponge so the doctors can get at the wound, but it also cleans it at the same time.

I love how there's robots, clones, disease-cures... but foam? THAT'S THE FUTURE RIGHT THERE! Nothing says future more than filling a wound with foam and forgetting about it.

Good news Chicago!

Doclector:
I'm reminded of that foam wound sealer stuff from Halo ODST.

WE ARE IN THE FUTURE!

NINJA'D DAMMIT!!!!!

However, I have one over on you, as I know what the stuff is called. It wasn't only used in Halo 3: ODST, it was actually introduced in the books and made its way to the games later. Biofoam is the name ;D. And yep, it looks like they've basically invented Biofoam, except it's more accurately 'Biosponge'...

Oh goodie, Another tool in my personal first aid kit. (I need to wait till the price drops though, I am almost afraid to look)

I can see this being useful for more then just GSWs. You could use it almost anytime there is a deep puncture wound.

Wasn't there a similar article about a medical technology inspired by Medigel? Wasn't that basically this but more effective? I imagine this might be cheaper, though.

Shouldn't these sponges be made out of material that automatically degrades so they don't have to worry about them being left in the body? If they aren't then plenty are going to end up left in the body, causing further damage, even making them viewable on an X-Ray only makes them easier to find, they'd still probably need to perform surgery to remove them.

what is this? bio foam from halo?

Just for the record, you don't jam the whole thing inside someones body. It shoots the gunk into them

It's really cool to see a development like this not only exist, but also be in a deployable state relatively soon. A number of things like this are usually PoC's or are yet to undergo 5 year clinical trials. But this is practical, innovated from current technology, and seems like it will be low cost. I hope this will save the lives of many soldiers in years to come.

We're getting closer to Med-gel! Sweet!

This is pretty awesome, but the biggest problem I see is with getting the sponges out of the wound. I haven't seen a lot of bullet wounds in my day, but I imagine one advantage gauze has over a hundred tiny sponges is that gauze comes in one big long roll. I don't want to imagine what kind of Hell it would be to try to pick a bunch of blood-soaked little sponges out of some dude's gaping wound.

"a syringe of tiny sponges to seal up gunshot wounds much the same way "Fix-a-Flat" foam repairs tires"

Another one of those things you'd never dream of seeing as a real product.

Life has taken another step closer to being a game, I can only approve of that.

"And because sponges cling to moist surfaces, they aren't pushed back out of the body by gushing blood"

Did that sentence make anyone else feel a little bit sick?

 

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