by Mary Beth Griggs
For someone with a severe gunshot wound, every second counts. Thats the idea behind the XStat, one of Popular Science’s 2014 Invention Award winners. The syringe is used to fill a gunshot wound with small sponges that fight infection and help stop the bleeding of the most traumatic injuries.
Last year, the FDA approved XStat for use on the battlefield. Now, the simple device has been approved for use in non-military situations. First responders in the United States will now be able to use the device to staunch bleeding at the scene or as the victim is being transported to the hospital, buying the victim precious time.
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