In crazy-dangerous times like these, how about some military-grade, future-tech, life-saving innovations for the general public?
The XSTAT 30 is here. The military product that saved soldiers’ lives in the battlefield has been cleared for the general population by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
It’s a wonder product that can almost instantaneously stop bleeding from gunshot wounds. It does not heal the wound, but it plugs it temporarily to avoid significant blood loss until the wound is treated.
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The device looks like a syringe full of tablet-sized sponges that expand after injection to the wound. Within 20 seconds, the expanded sponge then fills the cut, preventing blood loss and giving the patient a higher chance of survival. Each sponge last for up to four hours and absorbs up to a pint of blood.
Up to three syringes can be applied on one patient but cannot be used in some areas of the chest, abdomen and pelvis.
After reaching a hospital or clinic, the attending physician can then remove the sponges. To ensure that each sponge is safely taken out every time, each sponge is pre-tagged with a radiopaque marker that can be detected through X-ray.
With the FDA’s approval, XSTAT 30 will be helping more lives as statistics indicate that about 50 percent of victims of traumatic injuries (including gunshot wounds) die before they even reach the 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,” said William Maisel, acting director of the FDA’s Office of Device Evaluation.
XSTAT 30 is manufactured by RevMedX, Inc., in Wilsonville, Oregon.