Dr. Paul Danielson, chief of pediatric surgery at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, said your life is measured in minutes if you injure an artery.
“I encountered a lot of these wounds on the battlefield of Iraq and Afghanistan, where people were bleeding […] and we had no good way of controlling it until we could get them to an operating room,” he said.
A new tool could save lives in those situations.
All Children's Hospital doctors are working with students at Johns Hopkins University to perfect an injectable foam that would stop bleed-outs.
“The foam is smaller than carrying a bunch of gauze,” Danielson said. “It can expand to fill the cavity.”
“Considering the treatment for this is the same as it was 2,000 years ago, which was stuffing gauze into a wound, we want to try to advance this in one way or another,” he continued.
The foam includes two chemical agents that, when combined, form a foam that immediately hardens.
The delivery device they're working on is small and easy to use.
The foam has the potential to save many lives in many different scenarios.
“Although this was initially conceived as a solution to a problem we've seen on the battlefield, this has many applications in the civilian world as well,” Danielson said. “I think we can get it to work right and get it approved. We'd want it to be on any ambulance, we'd want it to be on every life boat, on every coast guard boat, on every ski patrolman's backpack. You name it. Maybe even everybody's glove compartment.”
Right now the injectable foam and the delivery device are still in development, but doctors at All Children's Hospital are excited not only about its potential but the hand they had in the invention.