May 29, 2007
Researchers at VCU have developed a substance to stop heavy bleeding in wounded military troops and possibly save their lives.
The material, called WoundStat, is applied with pressure to a hemorrhaging wound, forming a seal to stop rapid blood loss. An army test with pigs showed heavy bleeding stopping within two minutes.
Since the Civil War medics have applied pressure using gauze or used a tourniquet to stop heavy blood flow which has caused the loss of limbs. This new treatment could prevent that loss and possibly save more lives.
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