New Sponge-Filled Syringe Can Stop Blood Loss From A Gun Shot Wound In Less Than 15 Seconds
This sponge-filled syringe could potentially save lives. Image Source: OhGizmo
The FDA has just approved a sponge-filled syringe called the XTSTAT 30, which developers say will aid in stopping catastrophic blood loss. Sure, it’s a sorry indictment of the world in which we live, but it has the potential to save a life: Ohgizmo notes that when medics arrive to the scene of the shooting, they can “quickly inject the wound with 92 of these little sponges, which will expand, absorb blood and eventually block further loss, giving the patient time to reach a hospital before dying from [blood loss].”
5 Events To Know About This Week
December 21, 1620: The Pilgrims land at or near Plymouth Rock.
December 22, 2010: President Barack Obama ends the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prevented homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.
President Barack Obama signs the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 during a ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C., Dec. 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
December 21, 1864: General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia
December 25, 1776: General George Washington famously crosses the Delaware River with 5,400 soldiers during the American Revolution in hopes of surprising Hessian troops celebrating Christmas in New Jersey.
Sherman reviewing troops in Savannah, Ga. Image Source: Wikipedia
December 28, 2014: Early signs of Ebola epidemic when Guinean two-year-old dies of unidentified haemorraghic fever, with family members soon to follow
An ebola strand. Image Source: Wikipedia