xstat dressingYou guys might recall that in 2015, we reported on a device called the Xstat. This is basically a syringe of sorts where upon plugging it into a gunshot wound, would help seal the wound in 20 seconds thanks to the fact that the syringe is pack with tiny sponges. The device was designed for use in the battlefield and it should work in theory.


However if you were a little skeptical, wonder no more because it seems that the Xstat has managed to save its first life. According to the reports, a United States forward surgical team was attempting to staunch severe bleeding but were unsuccessful with more traditional methods, which is why they turned to the Xstat.

Turns out it was super effective as the device managed to stop the bleeding and gave them enough time to send the patient to the hospital for further treatment. According to the report from the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, it seemed like the Xstat had a near instantaneous effect.

“Throughout the course of the roughly 7-hour surgery, multiple attempts at using bone wax and cautery on the bleeding sites were unsuccessfull [sic] and the patient received multiple units of blood and plasma. Eventually, the FST team opted to use XSTAT and applied a single XSTAT device to the femoral cavity— resulting in nearly immediate hemostasis. The patient was stabilized and eventually transported to a definitive care facility.”

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