XStat Syringe: Instantly Stops Gunshot Wounds From Bleeding

RevMedx, a medical technology company based out of Wilsonville, OR, has
created a syringe-like device called XStat, which is loaded with teeny sponges. It is now hailed as new breakthrough in the way in which soldiers are treated for gunshot and shrapnel injuries.

Simply put, XStat is a dream come true for medics and soldiers alike. And soon, police forces across the nation will be using it to treat police officers with gunshot wounds, and paramedics will adopt the new invention to treat civilians.

“Three to five minutes can mean the difference between life and death,” says John Steinbaugh, who once served as a medic with the Special Forces and who now holds the position of strategic development with RevMedx. “It’s simple – you just put it in and the bleeding stops instantly.”

The XStat syringe is placed directly into a wound. The scores of sponges - the size of little pills - are treated with chitosan, which is the perfect remedy for clotting blood. Right after the syringe is inserted the small sponges expand and immediately plugs up a wound and stops the bleeding in under 20 seconds.

According to the U.S. military almost half of the deaths on the battlefield are a result of extreme blood loss.

This invention has just been approved by the FDA.

“XStat is a novel device that can be rapidly deployed, providing fast-acting hemorrhage control to stabilize a wounded patient for transport,” says Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “This will be an important new treatment option for our nation’s military to treat injured soldiers who may not be in close proximity to a medical facility.”

CNN and Popular Science Magazine have both named XStat as one of the top 10 best inventions in 2014.