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XStat, A Simple Device To Fix Gunshot Wounds in Seconds

If a soldier is shot during combat, the emergency treatment can be as brutal as the injury itself. Though military personnel are trained to pack gunshot wounds as quickly as possible using gauze – it’s the only way to stop the bleeding in the crucial moments after a soldier has been hit.

But the process is often time-consuming and painful, and could certainly use an update. That’s why an Oregon startup company called RevMedx developed a pocket-sized syringe capable of closing up a bullet wound much faster than current methods allow.

The small tool, called “XStat,” uses tiny sponges inserted directly into the wound that then expand and fill the entire cavity. According to the makers of XStat, the device can stop bleeding within 15 seconds.

"Gauze bandages just don't work for anything serious," John Steinbaugh, a former U.S. Army Special Operations medic who worked with a small team of scientists and engineers to develop XStat.
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