Gunshot wounds require treatment fast. Whether the victim is a soldier on the battlefield or a police officer on duty, the same rules apply: wounds must be packed quickly to prevent the person from bleeding to death.
However, as a recent article on Popular Science points out, the process of treating these wounds can often be just as bad as getting shot in the first place. Gauze needs to be packed deep into the cavity—a process that needs to be constantly, painfully repeated if bleeding does not stop quickly enough. Even then, many medics admit that gauze cannot always get the job done.
"Gauze bandages just don't work for anything serious," former U.S. Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh told the news source.
After returning home from multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Steinbaugh decided to work on a better solution. So, he joined an Oregon-based startup that shared this goal.
The result, currently pending FDA approval, is a modified syringe that can inject special sponges into a wound. The sterile, rapidly-expanding material is capable of sealing wounds much faster than gauze, especially when coated with a substance that encourages blood-clotting. It only takes 15 seconds to stop most heavy bleeding.
"By the time you even put a bandage over the wound, the bleeding has stopped," Steinbaugh added.
At Sozo Design, we have experience with medical innovations. The Acuity, created for Varian Medical Systems, allows for effective planning of treatments. We recognize the effort it takes to develop medical hardware and devices, and we applaud others who have chosen the undertaking of making advances in healthcare.