Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Of sponges and heroes

Stopping massive bleeding on the battlefield has always been a major challenge, one that is lost far too often.  But now a new invention can seal a shotgun wound in 15 seconds, and is giving military medical folk major excitement.  With a hat tip to Instapundit, here's an excerpt from a Popular Science article discussing the product and the heroes behind it:
The sponges work fast: In just 15 seconds, they expand to fill the entire wound cavity, creating enough pressure to stop heavy bleeding. And because the sponges cling to moist surfaces, they aren’t pushed back out of the body by gushing blood. “By the time you even put a bandage over the wound, the bleeding has already stopped,” Steinbaugh says.
Click the link above to read the entire fascinating article, and read the last sentence in the opening paragraph twice for full effect.  Wow.