Mass Shootings have become the number one concern but there’s some good news: a sponge-filled syringe can save your life.
- The U.S. is concerned over last week’s mass shooting in California
- The FDA approved the use of a sponge-filled syringe that plugs the wound and stops the bleeding for up to 4 hours
- The syringe was already used by the military
The entire world along with our country is going through a lot concerning terrorist attacks and mass shootings. It seems like they’ve woke us from slumber and we are now finally trying to do something to prevent this things from happening.
But preventing a shooting is not necessarily going to work, so in case people do get shot, authorities have come up with a solution to minimize the risk of fatalities. The solution is a device in the form of a syringe made from sponge. First responders will be able to administer the device which will stop the bleeding until the victim gets to a hospital.
What happens when you get shot is that you start losing a lot of blood and you go into shock. Loss of blood is the main cause of death, accounting for about 30 percent of civilian fatalities, especially if the person doesn’t immediately receive medical care. So, the first thing to do is to stop the bleeding. And the syringe is the best device to do this.
It was used by the military on battlefields and it’s called XSTAT 30. The FDA has recently approved for civilian use as well. The military is usually equipped with devices made to be used in a worst-case scenario when, for example, doctors are not around or other special medical equipment is not at hand.
The syringe contains small sponges that have a blood-sopping absorbent. After they’re injected, the sponges swell and seal the wound. The patch will hold up to four hours. In this time it is estimated that the victim could get to a hospital and receive medical care and even enter the operation room.
The XSTAT 30 was created by a company from Oregon, called RevMedx and it is hoped that will save many lives from now on. Although people have tried to stop the bleedings from gunshot wounds before, cloths are far from being enough to help you gain more time until receiving professional care. Therefore, the sponge-filled syringe will revolutionize the way we prevent gunshot fatalities by giving us enough time to get to the hospital.
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