Luckily most of us have never been shot by a gun. But if you ever are, you might be relieved to learn that the FDA has recently approved a sponge-filled syringe that helps plug bullet wounds. I guess this should lead to more gunshot survivors everywhere.
It is called the Xstat Rapid Hemostasis System. While it isn’t new, it was only approved for military use before, but now thanks to the FDA’s blessing, it looks like civilian first responders will soon be able to use them. It works by injecting small cellulose sponges into wounds so that you don’t bleed out.
The sponges can expand on contact with blood in just 20 seconds, blocking the blood from leaving your body. It is a simple, yet genius solution. It is a temporary measure that will help stabilize a victim until the person can be taken to the hospital. The US Army found that 30-40% of civilian deaths from trauma are the result of hemorrhaging, and that 33-56% of those do not even survive a trip to the hospital. So as you can imagine, this is a game changer.
It sounds like these syringes will be in use everywhere very shortly, but let’s all try not to get shot and find out.