FDA approves use of injectable gunshot sponge device (VIDEO)

This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the XSTAT, a device that uses a series of fast-absorbing sponges to seal a wound in as little as 15 seconds.

Shown in use in the above video from last summer, the XSTAT-30 Rapid Hemostasis System, produced by RevMedX, has been under review by the regulatory agency for use in treating severe wounds and trauma. Capable of slowing bleeding in seconds, it can be left in place for up to four hours, allowing those with otherwise catastrophic bleeding time to be evacuated to an advanced medical facility.

“When a product is developed for use in the battlefield, it is generally intended to work in a worst-­case scenario where advanced care might not be immediately available,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., acting director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “It is exciting to see this technology transition to help civilian first responders control some severe, life­-threatening bleeding while on the trauma scene.”

With an NSN number for government sales and now marketable to civilian first responders– under order of a physician, at some point hopefully it will be available to the general public.

[ RevMedX ]