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A new device could be a miracle lifesaver when it comes to gun violence.
The Doctors discuss the XSTAT 30, a FDA-approved syringe filled with micro-sponges that can expand and fill a gunshot wound in 20 seconds.
The device was first developed with the military in mind, but is now available to the public. The syringe can quickly stop bleeding from a gunshot wound by creating internal compression in the body.
The nearly 100 sponges rapidly expand inside the wound in just 15 seconds and can absorb up to a pint of blood, which can dramatically raise the victim’s chance of survival after being shot.
“The reason so many people die from gunshot wounds is uncontrolled bleeding,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “Too often, people aren’t trained with the type of pressure to use and how to stop the bleeding to get someone to the hospital.”
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon warns that not every type of gunshot injury will benefit from the XSTAT30.
“Certain parts of the body are not going to respond to this type of treatment, but it is a pretty big advance,” he says.
According to the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, on average, 111,779 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention yearly – and 32,964 of those people die, the XSTAT 30 could help save lives in many of these instances.
“You’re talking about the potential to save many lives… I’m glad [this product is available], but the impetus to create these products is obviously a sad one, but that’s just the world we live in,” Dr. Stork adds.