The US Army will soon be equipped with a revolutionary yet incredibly simple invention that can seal a severe gunshot wound in just 15 seconds.
It's called the X-STAT, and it incorporates a maneuvering of medical-grade sponges to treat deep wounds that have been a problem for military medics for many years, the Blaze reports.
It's basically a ton of expanding sponges packed into a syringe that are injected into the wound. In just 15 seconds, the sponges expand to fill the entire cavity while simultaneously creating enough pressure to stop the bleeding.
The sponges, covered with a hemostatic agent, start out the size of a small coin but significantly expand once injected. They also cling to moist surfaces, preventing them from being pushed back out of the body by blood gushing from the wound.
According to the Blaze, uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of death on the battlefield. A report published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information states that the highest percentage of battlefield deaths from 2001 until 2009 came from hemorrhages caused by uncontrolled bleeding.
The inventor of the X-STAT is an Oregon-based company that makes medical products to control traumatic bleeding called RevMedx.
The X-STAT is currently being debated for approval by the FDA, a decision we can't imagine to be too difficult.