Foam That Could Save Lives
Posted by terrepruitt on February 22, 2016
Technology and our advancements are so amazing. There are so many things I take for granted that are truly amazing. It is just that since they have been around my whole life or just so long that I forget they are amazing. Like the postal system and running water. So cool. I can put something in a box and within two to three days someone four states away gets it. I love that. And don’t even get me started on showers. Then there are things that I don’t even know about that are amazing. I know there are things out there that are so cool, when I hear about them I am just wowed. They could be things that have been around “forever” and they are just new to me or they could be new things, but they are amazing. Have you heard of Trauma Foam? I heard about it a bit ago, but my notes got shuffled off into a corner where I just noticed them the other day. Trauma Foam is amazing!
Trauma Foam was created by a Massachusetts General Hospital Surgeon, Doctor David King, and Arsenal Technology, a company that develops foams and fibers. Trauma Foam is a two part liquid that is injected into the abdomen and through a chemical reaction it expands compressing the organs and stopping the bleeding. This idea is that this type of substance could be used on victims of trauma when the wound is lethal and bleeding needs to be stopped for up to three hours. So in cases where it could take a few hours to get to the correct medical help. This Trauma Foam could save lives.
The original use for it was in combat situations, but like many things, they realized it would have civilian uses, too. The foam does need to be injected with a special foam dispensing pump gun, as pictured.
The test conducted have shown that when the injury is lethal it can help save the life for up to three hours. Tests have also been conducted to help determine the amount that needs to be injected. The team working on it received a 25 Million Dollar grant from the Department of Defense to work on development of this foam.
This foam has been in the works for at least four years. Information on the internet says they were talking about getting FDA approval in 2015 . . . . which could mean they are close and might get it in 2016 or 2017. Seems like somethings take a couple of years to get approved.
In looking for information regarding this foam I came across another group that was creating something similar. Their deliver system was portable. But, it seemed like it was more for smaller wounds, but ones that could still be fatal. Perhaps the two groups can team up.
I found this pretty amazing. I know we have things to stop bleeding but this can help for up to three hours and that is the big thing. It sometimes takes time to get to the proper medical facility.
What do you think? Have you heard of this?