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The U.S. military had asked medical technology company RevMedx, to find a solution for helping stop gunshot and shrapnel wounds from excessive bleeding. This idea of using a foreign substance to plug a hole is not a new one.  The idea is a medical version of Fix-a-Flat; the foam that is squirted into punctured tyre to plug up the hole.

 

Andrew Barofsky, RevMedx

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Is this just an improvement to existing stuff? I don't know about what the US Military use now, but the British Military already has a foam that can be squirted into a hole in the body, that expands and fills the cavity. It was brought in as an alternative to QuickClot powder, which had a habit of being blown into the wind in the Chopper and temporarily blinding the medics. A form of Quickclot still exists, but its bonded into bandages and dressings, and only affects the area the dressing is applied to. The old stuff was just a sachet of powder.

 

I remember in the training video back when we still used it, they slit a Pigs throat with a knife, and then poured it onto the area, the Pig survived. 

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The firm

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Or that the military is funding it and want first dibs?

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So, the implications of that are that military personnel are guinea pigs or that they're more important than civilians?

 

New medical inventions are usually invented for Military needs because regular civilian equipment often isn't up to the job. Remember most of the work on the patient is done in the back of a Chinook zipping accross the countryside. So new solutions are presented for uniquely military problems. These new breakthroughs often trickle down to Civilian Ambulances etc. 

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So, the implications of that are that military personnel are guinea pigs or that they're more important than civilians?

Likely, the military is willing to pay more and in turn can fund the expansion into other markets.

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So, the implications of that are that military personnel are guinea pigs or that they're more important than civilians?

The military has historically been on the fore-front of new technologies.  It's not that they are more important than civilians, but because they have a need for things, and they have the money, they are usually in a position to ask companies to develop these technologies.  A lot of times, these technologies are not created, and then released only to the military.  Like in this situation, development of the technology was started because the military was asking for a better way to stop bleeding.

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Sounds good.

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The US military version of this is more advanced than earlier efforts, and it's a major deal for trauma medicine. One version still being worked on is a foam that's injected into the abdominal cavity to stop internal bleeding. Keeps them from bleeding out on the way to a trauma center.

Other ongoing DARPA** efforts include robotic limbs, brain-machine interfaces for same, limb and spinal cord regeneration, portable telerobotic surgery units, and self-driving vehicles.

** Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Thread likely belongs in the Science forum.

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